HOMMAGE TO ANTE BEZIC,
ARCHITECT AND PROFESSOR - AN EXHIBITION
Ante Bezic was my Great grand father who was born in Grohote, island of Solta, in 1849.He finished grammar school in Split in 1869. As a child he was showing a special interest in science and had a talent for drawing and technical designing. At the beginning of 1870s he studied at The Polytechnic Unversity ,Graz, Austria and attended a course for firemen. He, later continued his education at the University in Vienna, where he graduated as an architect. At the beginning of 1880s he returned to Split, where was enthusiastically involved in social, cultural and political life of Split , as an architect and a teacher, thus leaving rich heritage to the future generations. He designed, independently or as
a cooperator, several buildings in Split, such as the building of the Municipal theatre, fish market and a number of mansions and villas. Besides, he was an excellent draughtsman of archeological remains and a close assistant to Father Frane Bulic. As a teacher, taught drawing and calligraphy in
High grammar school and he was one of the founders of the Voluntary Fire Brigade in Split and it's President and Captain for many years. He died of stroke in 1906, at the age of 57, in Split.
As this year we celebrate the 120 anniversary of the Voluntary Fire Brigade and the 110 anniversary of the Municipal theatre, it was a great occasion that an exhibition about the life and work of Ante Bezic would be done and inaugurated at the Day of the City of Split. The authors of the exhibition
were the curator of the City Museum, professor Helga Zglav Martinac and an architect Stanko Piplovic. It was inaugurated by the member of the City Council, professor Ivo Simunovic.
After Split the exhibiton was shown in Trogir and finally on August the 3rd 2003 in Grohote at the island of Solta, inaugurated by Mr Piplovic, the captain of the Fire Brigade and the Mayor. So, almost 100 years after his death, Ante Bezic was brought to the place of his birth, with the story of his life and work with which all of us can be proud of.
Branka Bezic Filipovic, Split