Facade of Molino Stucky

Visible across the waters of the Giudecca Canal, from many points along the Zattere ( the walkway along the canal, in the sestiere of Dorsoduro), is the Molino Stucky, now a 5 star Hilton hotel, and apartment  complex.

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The mill was built in 1895, by Giovanni Stucky, whose family came originally from Switzerland. 1500 workers were employed here, with  24 hour rosters. It ceased operations in 1955 , and lay dormant and decaying until the mid-2000s, when renovations began to create the present hotel and apartments.

Now the Molino Stucky is set to be sold at auction this spring, for a price expected to be around 300 million euro. It’s going to be interesting to see who might purchase this Venetian landmark.

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This round-about introduction was to set the scene to show you what is featured on the facade of this neo-Gothic building.

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She’s a sturdy lass, carrying some of the cereal grains that symbolise the industry that was housed in this edifice.

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26 responses to “Facade of Molino Stucky

  1. julie

    Well she is a sturdy lass too! .. wish I could have gone with Pat and Chris… lovely photos as usual Yvonne x

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    • Hi, Julie. Thank you for your nice words. Come back to Venice, and we can get up there for a drink.

      The sun is still shining; I’m scared it’ll go away if we make a big fuss about it!

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  2. MaryK

    So – can we expect a report on how you went in the Su e Zo per i Ponti ?? Or will you be our ‘on the ground’ reporter?

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  3. I love when old buildings are restored and kept instead of being bulldozed down. Did you get to go inside?

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  4. Chris Hey

    Yvonne, it was the best! Especially meeting you and Sheila! By the way, the Bellinis were 12 euros each …

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  5. I’m in. Just need about 45,000 silent partners with $10,000 to lend me and that baby is MINE! 🙂

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  6. Chris Hey

    Pat and I had bellinis in the Skyline last week. My sister in law and her husband were staying in the Stucky and invited us across. Great experience!

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  7. JoanneH

    Now lets see where did I stash my mad money

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  8. Good camera karma….they tend to be a lot better made these day. Oh, both with the picture and the “accident”.
    I have thought about a tripod but find if I just hold my breath at the moment I push the button that helps with vibration reduction.
    I’ll need to try to get that shot for my collection but probably won’t be having a drink at the rooftop bar in December. Brrrr!

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  9. Andrew

    I’d never noticed the mosaic before. Thank you, posh camera, for the close up. Do you have a tripod for it?

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    • So far, my hands have held steady! (And, I was on a vaporetto at the time.) It’s not such a posh camera, and after I dropped it today at the Ristorante Diana in Cannaregio, I wondered if it would still function! It did.

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  10. Wow Yvonne, I had no idea the complex is to be sold! And at an auction? I wonder why?

    It really is a fascinating building and the photos of the mosaic are lovely. Have you had a drink at the Skyline bar yet?

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