The palace was built by the Surian family in the 17th century, on a project attributed to the architect Giuseppe Sardi, who was also the author of the nearby Palazzo Savorgnan.
At the end of the same century, the palace was ceded to the Bellottos. In the 18th century, it became the Venetian seat of the French embassy. During this period, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau lived there.
After the fall of the Republic of Venice, in the 19th century, the palace entered a long period of degradation, during which the sumptuous interiors and the beautiful decorations were irretrievably lost.
Now, the palace is a private residence.
The best preserved and most important feature of Palazzo Surian is the large Baroque facade, which, with its four stories high, stands out above the neighboring buildings.
The facade is asymmetrical, having the central axis shifted to the left. On the ground floor, there are two portals with curved masonry, inserted in an ashlar band. To the portals correspond, on the main floors, two pairs of Palladian windows. The other openings are large single-lancet windows with stone frames. All the windows of the noble floors are equipped with balustrades. The fourth floor has smaller rectangular windows.
The levels of the facade are marked by elaborate string-course cornices, while the top floor has a serrated cornice.
HOW TO GET THERE
The closest vaporetto stop is Tre Archi, located about 160 meters away, on the waterbus Lines 5.1, 5.2 and 22. To find the palace on foot, use the map below.