Crespi d'Adda: the Industrial Village

Crespi d'Adda, a genuine, ideal and picturesque village, was built by the Crespi Family in the 1800s and 1900s for the employees (and their families) of the textile factory that stands right next to the village.

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 Crespi d’Adda - described as an "exceptional example of the company town phenomenon, the most complete and best-preserved in Southern Europe" – received a spot on the UNESCO Word Heritage List in 1995. Indeed, this village is the perfect model of an architectural complex that illustrates a rather significant historical period: that of the birth of Italy’s modern industry. 
Not only, but the Site was maintained in its best possible form, and to this day still bears its original urbanistic and architectonic aspects. 
Crespi d'Adda is situated in the Region of Lombardy, isolated within a low-lying plain bordered by two rivers, the Adda and Brembo, that form a peninsula known as the "Isola Bergamasca" (Bergamasque Island), and at the extremities of which lies Crespi d’Adda. The Crespis at the time were textile industrialists that decided to give life to their concept of the "ideal modern work city,” in which they also realized their magnificent castle. 
Specifically, the original idea belonged to Cristoforo Benigno Crespi and his son, Silvio Benigno; the two were captains of industry and philanthropists whose intention resembled the construction of a sort of feudal fief. Thus, the habitation of the masters themselves was symbolic for both authority and benevolence toward the workers and their families. The residents of the village consisted only of the factory’s employees, meaning the life of the community revolved entirely around the factory, its rhythms and demands. 
It was the master that provided all the needs of the employees and their dependents; such included housing and all the public places necessary to a real and functioning community life: church, school, hospital, recreation club, theatre, public baths, clothing and food shops, etc. 

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