Ca 'Scarpa, the ancient Church of Santa Maria Nova in Treviso, is an exhibition space and vital center of activity that is substantiated, in the orbit of the Benetton Studi Ricerche Foundation, in the proximity of Carlo and Tobia Scarpa. Restored by Tobia Scarpa and inaugurated at the end of 2020, it is the first to have been recovered among the buildings of an intricate complex belonging to the Tax Authority for many years.
The building that we see today takes shape in the second half of the sixteenth century, within a vast compartment in which the oldest Benedictine monastery of Ognissanti and that of Santa Maria Nova merge, with the homonymous church. All this in the Napoleonic era will follow the fate of the suppression of religious orders, becoming first a military hospital and then a barracks. The church undergoes various functional adaptations with the construction of attics and internal partitions, assuming a configuration that remains so even when, with the Kingdom of Italy, it will lead to a barracks, and will not be scratched by bombs in the First and Second World Wars. . From the destructions, after the war, the project to adapt the complex to the headquarters of the Tax Authority was born and later, in the Eighties, the church will be emptied of the nineteenth-twentieth-century superstructures, recovered in its original wall system, to house the metal structure on three floors of a new "printed warehouse", more functional and stable than the previous one. In 2010, following the transfer of the offices of the Tax Authority, the space remained abandoned, until it was acquired in 2018 by Edizione Property.
Ca 'Scarpa today represents a new piece of the mosaic of places for culture in the historic center of Treviso wanted by Luciano Benetton and is part, together with the Bomben and Caotorta palaces, the church of San Teonisto and the Luisa and Gaetano Cozzi house, of the cultural spaces in which the activity of the Benetton Studies Research Foundation is articulated.Ph. Credit Marco Zanta