The old cloister (about 250 sq. m), pride and joy of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.
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The conservatory recreates the fin de siecle sensibilitythat inspiredmuch of the Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa.
From 1861, this structure housed some important financial offices of the new regime. This soon became a bank, specially set up to finance Sicilian entrepreneurs of the time. The new financial centre, named after the first King of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, grew in prestige and importance, until it was officially designated as the Sicilian centre for all financial transactions in securities. To all intents and purposes it had become something very similar to a modern stock exchange.
The economic and financial prosperity that revitalized Palermo at the turn of the 19th century was outwardly manifested in huge urban projects in the town while wide swathes of medieval Palermo were systematically demolished. Two of these projects were particularly important: "Teatro Massimo" became the second largest theater in Europe after the Vienna opera house; and "Taglio", now called Via Roma, was a Haussmanesque wide boulevard that cut through the heart of town. In 1907, the church of the Immaculate Conception Cartari was demolished. This was the same church that the Mercedarian Fathers had built in the 17th century in the square in front of the convent.
In its place, the architect Ernesto Basile built the headquarters of the "Cassa Centrale di Risparmio Vittorio Emanuele", in the process taking up even more of the original square. The building was inaugurated in 1912 and is yet another example of Basile's pre-eminence as promoter of the Liberty style in Italy. He owed a great part of his prolific success to his collaboration with Vittorio Ducrot, an ingenious entrepreneur, whose workshops employing a thousand workers realized all Basile’s designs: from the furnishings for fashionable cruise liners to the furniture for Palazzo Montecitorio.