The building of the Alda Costa Primary School of Ferrara was part of a massive urban project commissioned in the early 1930s by the Municipality, here intervening to reclaim the crumbling structure of a disused hospital. This urban project lead by the engineer Carlo Savonuzzi was known as the “Addizione Novecentista”.
The Rationalist building was built in concrete and terracotta, with grey stone and cement, and features a 37m high tower. It contains eleven rooms, two large refectories, four laboratories, a gym and administrative offices. Initially dedicated to King Umberto I, it was renamed after the war to honour the anti-Fascist teacher and school administrator Alda Costa.