This was the first building donated to the Scuola Normale, in 1932, at a time of intense renewal of the Scuola Normale. The same year saw the inauguration of the new Scuola Normale Superiore, reformed by Gentile: the main building had been expanded and, with the annexation of the Collegio Puteano and the Domenico Timpano university student residence, the number of rooms available for students had quadrupled (increasing from fifteen to sixty one).
The building, located on the Lungarno Pacinotti, was donated to the Scuola Normale by the Calabrese Domenico Timpano, a singular character who had made his fortune by selling, in the United States during the period of Prohibition, tonic drinks containing alcohol produced at his pharmaceutical company. Damaged during the Second World War by the blowing up of the nearby Solferino Bridge, the building was rebuilt in the 1950s, and was initially the women's residence of the Normale.
At present the building is used for student accommodation and is subdivided internally into three colleges: Timpano, Timpanino and Acconci (acquired in 1967).
The Timpano and Acconci colleges, which have undergone recent restructuring, have a total of 111 guest rooms. Looking out onto a large internal garden, they host various services and spaces for studying and free time (a breakfast room, a newspaper room, a computer room, study rooms, a meeting room, a music room, a gym and a laundry)