As already described in our article of 14 December 2012, Room 41 immediately seemed a particularly representative example of the numerous problems affecting the Neronian complex of the Domus.
Work to secure Room 33, the Room of the Red Vault, has recently been completed.
On 12 December 2012, after completing the erection of scaffolding in Room 41, we were able to make an inspection during which, through close-up observation, we evaluated the state of conservation of structures and decorations.
We decided to make this a case study for the blog, taking readers through the phases of analysis, decision-making and consolidation work.
Conservation work aimed at securing the surfaces of the Domus Aurea decorated with plaster, wall paintings and stucco elements are proceeding in parallel with stability tests on architectural structures and environmental monitoring.
From 2006, the East Wing of the Domus Aurea, centred around the famous Octagonal Room, was the site of works undertaken by the Commissioner appointed to urgently secure the Domus Aurea by Directive no. 3541 of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of 18 August 2006. After a research and planning phase, the first consolidation interventions (1st batch) began in 2010. These works, directed by the Commissioner L. Marchetti, entailed consolidating vertical walls and jack arches, alongside structural and microclimatic monitoring, concentrated in the East Wing of the monument. With the Directive of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers no. 4017 of 25 April 2012 the state of emergency ceased and responsibility for the whole monument and its management, with the remaining funds, was returned to the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma, which in the meantime had continued to work in the West Wing as well as acting to safeguard the monument.