Restoration Journal

The Gugliotto Vandoni: a new challenge for the Duomo


31 March 2017

In the wake of a renewed organizational strategy for the additional restoration and maintenance of the monumental complex, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo has, in these first months of the year, defined its 2017-2019 three-year plan .

Everything about the relevant area must first be studied, starting with the materials present in the Archives (which house nearly seven-centuries worth of Cathedral documents), after which preliminary surveys must be conducted and a plan for the project drawn up, steps which are completed in close collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan.

In just the past few weeks the Fabbrica has set to work, beginning with the erection of scaffolding around the Gugliotto Vandoni, the next step in the major restoration of the Main Spire.

The Gugliotto Vandoni, completed in 1892 and situated in the north-east corner, gets its name from Giuseppe Vandoni, head architect of the Fabbrica from 1862 to 1890.

After the restoration of the Gugliotto Pestagalli, completed at the end of 2016, the next chapter in the "Great Spire's" restoration begins.

The four spires are the extensions of the four main pillars, located at the intersection of the primary naves and on which the Tiburio and the Main Spire rest, carrying out an important function that is not merely aesthetic but also structural.

The upper portion of the spire adopted by the “Corriere della Sera”, as part of the “Get Your Spire: carve your name in history” fundraising project, suffered numerous and profound lesions during WWII and was already the object of important restorations in the post-war period.