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Ghesc project Architect Encounter

Ghesc is a village consisting of 7 stone houses across the river from Canova.  First documented in the 13th century, it has been abandoned for about 100 years. Large trees are living within the walls of the houses and the place exudes a fascinating aire of mystery.  21 years ago Ken and Kali Marquardt, who were then involved in the restoration of Canova just across the river,  dreamed of the day it could be resuscitated but not until a few years ago were the first steps taken in that direction.  Two young active members of Canova, Maurizio Cesprini and Paola Gardin, took the first courageous step and purchased "Casa Alfio" and are now in the final phases of restoration, carrying out the majority of the work themselves.
Last year the Canova Association, thanks to donations from friends, purchased a large ruin in the midst of the village.  Ghesc sets the stage for what we like to call the "Infinite Laboratory", and is the playing field of the International Canova Field School program.

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