The two edifices along Via Marmorata constructed by I. Sabbatini testify of a new building phase that concerned the rione Testaccio around 1930.
The difference of structural quality between these buildings and those previously built in the rione is explicable with their different respective uses. In fact, the formers were not council houses, but redeemable flats destined to more well-off social classes, as white-collars and professionals.

The two buildings in Testaccio are built on the base of a structure inspired to Classical architecture, beloved by the architect. The attic, used as ateliers for artists, has large and refined glass windows. In the court of 149 are still preserved the remains of a building dating to Roman times.
In the attic at 149, there was the atelier of the Futurist artist and painter Giacomo Balla.


(A Contino)