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Crespi d'Adda

Crespi d'Adda is located in the Lombardy region of Italy, about 46 km from Milan. The Crespi family realized an ideal workers village nearby their cotton factory. The design and architecture of Crespi d'Adda is famous for being tailored to its workers. The workers and their families were provided with homes, gardens, vegetable gardens, a school, a church, a hospital, a public wash house, indoor swimming pools and all the necessary local services. Only the employees of the factory were allowed to live in Crespi d'Adda. The construction of Crespi d'Adda started in 1877. Crespi d'Adda was the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. Crespi d'Adda is an outstanding example of a workers village, built in Europe in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Another 19th century workers village is Saltaire in Great Britain. Crespi d'Adda gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

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Crespi d'Adda - The church of Crespi d'Adda. The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The design and the...

The church of Crespi d'Adda. The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The design and the architecture of Crespi d'Adda is famous for being tailored to its workers. The construction of the ideal workers' village Crespi d'Adda started in 1877. Crespi d'Adda gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  1. Crespi d'Adda - The church of Crespi d'Adda. The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The design and the...

    The church of Crespi d'Adda. The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The design and the architecture of Crespi d'Adda is famous for being tailored to its workers. The construction of the ideal workers' village Crespi d'Adda started in 1877. Crespi d'Adda gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  2. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The church of Crespi d'Adda is a replica of the church in Busto Arsizio, the home town of the Crespi family. The church of...

    Crespi d'Adda: The church of Crespi d'Adda is a replica of the church in Busto Arsizio, the home town of the Crespi family. The church of Crespi d'Adda was built in 1891-1893. The castle and church were built facing each other, from the tower of the castle of Crespi d'Adda it is possible to look into the church of Crespi d'Adda.

  3. Crespi d'Adda - The statue of Cristoforo Crespi, the founder of the workers' village Crespi d'Adda. Crespi d'Adda was named after its founder...

    The statue of Cristoforo Crespi, the founder of the workers' village Crespi d'Adda. Crespi d'Adda was named after its founder Cristoforo Crespi and the River Adda. The tiny village of Crespi d'Adda is situated on the banks of the River Adda. Crespi d'Adda gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  4. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The school was reserved exclusively for the children of the employees of the cotton factory of the Crespi family The...

    Crespi d'Adda: The school was reserved exclusively for the children of the employees of the cotton factory of the Crespi family The children were provided with free books, the teachers were paid by the owner of the factory. Crespi d'Adda gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  5. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The houses of the village are placed in an orderly way, about fifty houses were built, each with a garden. The...

    Crespi d'Adda: The houses of the village are placed in an orderly way, about fifty houses were built, each with a garden. The colours and materials of the workers' houses are in harmony to a high degree. Crespi d'Adda is still inhabited. Most of the inhabitants are the descendants of the original workers. 

  6. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The workers were provided with homes,...

    Crespi d'Adda: The Crespi family realized an ideal workers' village nearby their cotton factory. The workers were provided with homes, gardens and vegetable gardens and all necessary local services. Only the employees of the factory were allowed to live in Crespi d'Adda. The construction of Crespi d'Adda started in 1877.

  7. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The main gate to cotton factory and the offices of the Crespi family. The factory offices are situated along the...

    Crespi d'Adda: The main gate to cotton factory and the offices of the Crespi family. The factory offices are situated along the factory-avenue. The office buildings are surrounded by fine wrought iron fences. The cotton factory of the Crespi family was sold to the Italian Textile Enterprise in 1929 and in the 1970s to another company.

  8. Crespi d'Adda - The hospital of the workers' village Crespi d'Adda. To act quickly in case of accidents at work or illness, in 1904 a hospital was built...

    The hospital of the workers' village Crespi d'Adda. To act quickly in case of accidents at work or illness, in 1904 a hospital was built near the cotton mill. Hospital treatment and healthcare were free of charge. Crespi d'Adda a good example of a 19th century ideal workers' village.

  9. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The cotton factory of the Crespi family is located along the main street. The cotton factory was closed down in 2003. The...

    Crespi d'Adda: The cotton factory of the Crespi family is located along the main street. The cotton factory was closed down in 2003. The factory is not open to visitors. In 2013 the factory buildings of Crespi d'Adda were bougth by an Italian business group. Crespi d'Adda gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  10. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The former cotton factory of the Crespi family. Crespi d'Adda is one of the best preserved workers' villages in...

    Crespi d'Adda: The former cotton factory of the Crespi family. Crespi d'Adda is one of the best preserved workers' villages in Southern Europe. Another important 19th century workers' village is Saltaire in Great Britain. Saltaire is also an UNESCO World Heritage.

  11. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The power station. Crespi d'Adda was the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. There were also public...

    Crespi d'Adda: The power station. Crespi d'Adda was the first village in Italy to have modern public lighting. There were also public lavatories, wash houses and even a free indoor swimming pool. The Crespi family was forced to sell their entire village during the Great Depression in 1929, Crespi d'Adda was sold to another company.

  12. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The former grocery, the starting point for guided tours through the village. Crespi d'Adda remained under the ownership of...

    Crespi d'Adda: The former grocery, the starting point for guided tours through the village. Crespi d'Adda remained under the ownership of a single company until the 1970s, many houses were sold and became private family homes. Crespi d'Adda gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

  13. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The factory chimney is towering above the workers' village. The village is built to a geometric plan around the...

    Crespi d'Adda: The factory chimney is towering above the workers' village. The village is built to a geometric plan around the factory. The factory looks straight down the axis of the main road. Crespi d'Adda was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1995.

  14. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The Crespi family used to live in their castle, the castle of was completed in 1897. It looks like a medieval castle, it is...

    Crespi d'Adda: The Crespi family used to live in their castle, the castle of was completed in 1897. It looks like a medieval castle, it is full of symbolic references and expresses the feudal relationship between the master and the workers. The castle of Crespi d'Adda is a private property and not open to visitors.

  15. Crespi d'Adda - Crespi d'Adda: The cemetery with the pompous mausoleum of the Crespi family. The descendants of the Crespi family were buried in their...

    Crespi d'Adda: The cemetery with the pompous mausoleum of the Crespi family. The descendants of the Crespi family were buried in their mausoleum, the workers and their familie were buried beneath a simple headstone.