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  Ferdinando Bonsignore

civil architect, was born on 10th June 1760 and died on 7th June 1843 in Turin. In 1782 he was a student of the Turinese Academy of painting and sculture of Turin and attended the Academy of France in Rome under the leadership of Giansimoni.

Bonsignore got the degree in architecture in 1786 in Rome, where he had lived for fifteen years with the sponsorship by the King of Sardinia. In 1798 he was appointed as architect drawer of His Majesty the King and in 1799 he became inspector of State-belonging houses, professor of Civil Architecture at the Royal University of Turin and at the Faculty of Fine Arts from 1805 to 1814.

In 1801, in Turin, when the ancient Tower of the town (at via Dora Grossa) was demolished, Bonsignore was entrusted to make a new design to complete the Tower.

In 1802 Bonsignore was entrusted to organise the Academy of Architecture. In 1813 the architect was awarded with a medal for works made at the Moncenisio monument. The next year he became a member of the Council of Builders, archive architect and designer of the town of Turin.

In 1816 Bonsignore was appointed as professor of Drawing at the Military Academy. In 1819 he became architect of the Prince of Carignano. In 1831 he was appointed as prime architect and drawer of the King.

Bonsignore was also a member of the Academy of Sciences Literature and Arts of Leghorn (1807), of the Academy of San Luca of Rome (1814), of the Academy of Brera (Milan) (1816) and of the Albertine Academy of Turin (1826).

In 1818 Bonsignore was entrusted to design the Temple of the Great Mother of God in Turin, to make memory of the return to his country home by King Vittorio Emanuele I.

Inl 1826 Bonsignore's advice was requested for designing the Foro Bonaparte in Milan, Piazza delle Fontane Marose and the Carlo Felice theatre in Genoa.