Luigi Rusca

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Luigi Rusca (born September 2, 1762 in Agno ; † 1822 in Valenza ) was a classicist Ticino architect who worked primarily in Saint Petersburg , but also in other Russian cities.

Rusca portico in St. Petersburg

After studying in Turin , Rusca moved to Russia in 1783 , where his father Giovanni Battista had already worked. He worked at court for Catherine II and her successor to the throne. In 1802 he was appointed court architect. In addition to his main task, the design of interiors, he planned, among other things, residential buildings, barracks, churches and mosques. In 1815 he received an honorary membership of the St. Petersburg Academy. In 1818 he left Russia and moved to France .

Works (selection)


  • Barracks of the grenadiers (1803-1807)
  • Barracks of the cavalry guard (1803-1806)
  • Barracks of the Izmailovsky regiment (1809-1812)


Interior work



  • Erik Amburger : Recruiting foreign skilled workers for the Russian economy from the 15th to the 19th century , Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1968, p. 129
  • Eliana Perotti: Luigi Rusca . In: Isabelle Rucki and Dorothee Huber (eds): Architects Lexicon of Switzerland - 19./20. Century Basel: Birkhäuser 1998. ISBN 3-7643-5261-2
  • Eliana Perotti: Luigi Rusca. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . December 3, 2010 , accessed January 11, 2020 .

Web links

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