The city of Salzburg owes its architectural cityscape to, among others, the company Valentin Ceconi & son. This company was active in the entire Alpine region in the 19th and early 20th century and decisively influenced the Salzburg cityscape through countless buildings, which are now under monumental protection.
The founder of the company, Valentin Ceconi, came from Friuli and was a master bricklayer by profession. He settled down in Salzburg with his family in 1857 and in 1863 founded the company Valentin Ceconi & son. Originally, Valentin Ceconi & son built residential and commercial buildings. In the following years, the builder/architect Ceconi and his company played a decisive role in the construction of several new districts, such as Schallmoos, Andräviertel and Froschheim.
Apart from residential and commercial buildings, he soon also built hotels and churches. Among others, the Grand Hotel de l´Europe and the church of Guggenthal bear his signature. The Villa Ceconi in Auerspergstraße 69 was built by the builder/ architect Ceconi in 1870 on behalf of the Count of Thun. Years later, he moved in with his family in this villa.
When the builder/ architect Ceconi died on 17 August 1888 in Salzburg, his son Jakob Ceconi took over the management. In the meantime, the construction company employed about 1000 people and Jakob Ceconi expanded and enlarged the company even further. Through the invention of stone casting moulds for the production of components, the company gained a decisive advantage over its competitors.
In contrast to his father, the master builder/architect Ceconi planned many of the buildings himself, but he still worked with various architects again and again.
When Jakob Ceconi died 34 years after Valentin Ceconi, Jakob’s son Karl, who had studied at the Vienna University of Technology, became company director. When Karl Ceconi took over the company, there were almost no orders for large-scale new builds in Salzburg. In addition, war and post-war aggravated the company’s situation. In 1932 it had to stop its construction activity.
The most famous buildings of Karl Ceconi include the police barracks in Salzburg and the crematorium at the Salzburg municipal cemetery.
Like so many buildings erected by the Ceconis, Villa Ceconi is still preserved today. A few minutes walk from the Hotel zur Post, it is definitely worth a look. The Villa Ceconi is now a private hotel, which belongs to the Hotel zur Post.