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.
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.
This round-about introduction was to set the scene to show you what is featured on the facade of this neo-Gothic building.
She’s a sturdy lass, carrying some of the cereal grains that symbolise the industry that was housed in this edifice.