Structure Type: built works - infrastructure - squares - piazzas; built works - infrastructure - squares - plazas

Designers: Moore, Charles Willard, Architect (firm); Charles Willard Moore (architect)

Dates: constructed 1978-1979

Lafayette Street and Commerce Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA 70130

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The Piazza d'Italia was one of the more publicized monuments of the Post-Modern decade of the 1980s, and was designed for an odd, out-of-the-way site abutting a large parking lot and wedged in next to high-rise buildings. The piazza is a complex work, with varying materials and layered architectural allusions. Because of its variety of materials and the challenge of maintaining them outside over time, its condition has suffered at times, despite its status as an international architectural landmark.

Building History

Moore designed the Piazza d'Italia while he served as a Professor of Architecture, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

Building Notes

The three authors of Color in Townscape (1981) said of the Piazza d'Italia: "The fountain has the outline of Italy; its flanking seas are executed in cobblestones, marble, slate and mirror tiles. The classical orders of its architecture are each painted differently, warm colors inside, cool outside." (See
Martina Düttmann, Friedrich Schmuck, Johannes Uhl, Color in Townscape, [San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1981], p. 168.)


Some construction occurred on the Piazza d'Italia in 2016-2017. Tuna Construction, LLC, of Kenner, LA, was a contractor involved at this time.

PCAD id: 16410