The Palazzo Ferro Fini is a historical building in Venice, Italy. It was originally two buildings, the Palazzo Morosini Ferro and the Palazzo Flangini Fini, which were combined into one in the 1860s to create a luxury hotel, the New York. The hotel was occupied by troops in World War II (1939-45). By 1970 the hotel was in decay, and the building was purchased by the Veneto region, which undertook extensive renovations and made it the seat of the regional council.
The palace was restored by the architect Luciano Parenti for the Veneto Region. The renovation tried to restore the original interior organization, which had been much altered over the years. This involved careful research and analysis of the structure to determine what could be preserved or restored, consistent with modern requirements. Restoration of the original halls and rooms was largely compatible with the need for open spaces and reception rooms. A meeting chamber for for the Regional Council was built in the center of the palace. Surviving paintings, stucco ceilings and other valuables were cleaned, and the exterior facade was radically cleaned and restored to reveal the original architectural elements.
On the ground floor the Hall of Arms runs through the palace from the landing on the Grand Canal to the landward entrance. It is decorated with the ancient coat of arms of Veneto municipalities and symbols of the seven provinces, as well as the work of contemporary Veneto artists. A plaster cast of a lion, symbol of the Venetian Republic, stands in the center of the room. The first floor of the building is the Piano nobile with reception rooms for guests and delegations. There are paintings on the walls and ceilings, stucco and wooden ceilings.
The rooms have an excellent view over the Grand Canal. The second floor is used for the offices of the senior staff of the Region of Venice. The restored rooms represent the living space of the typical Venetian lord, with painted ceilings, terrazzo floors, damask upholstery, fireplaces, mirrors, wardrobes and balconies over the canal. The Sala cuoi (Leather room) takes its name from the wall coverings, which are made of leather squares molded into three-dimensional patterns and then glued to the wall. The wall covering, coated with gold dust, served to insulate and also to display the wealth of the family.