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In Barcelona:
-Amatller House  
-Company House 
-Macaya House
-Marti House (Els 4 gats)
-Muley-Afid House
-Muntades House

-Punxes House 
-Sastre Marquès House
-Casaramona Factory 

-Serra House 
-Baró de Quadras Palace
-Pastor de Cruïlles Villa

In Argentona:
-Garí House  
-Puig i Cadafalch House

In Canet de Mar:
-Restaurant del Santuari
-Fàbrica Carbonell Reverter
-Font Pública, Passeig Mare de Deu de la Misericòrdia / C. J. Mora
-Font Pública, Plaça Barris
-Font Pública del Parc del Santuari
-Primer Misteri de Dolor del Rosari Monumental del Santuari de la Misericòrdia
-Cinquè Misteri de Dolor del Rosari Monumental del Santuari de la Misericòrdia
-Placa del carrer Carles Pasqual i Puig

In La Garriga:
-Furriols House

In Lloret:
-Boundary cross
-Verge de Gracia shrine
-Costa Pantheon - Cemetery

In Mataró:
-City Hall
-Coll I Regàs House  

-Parera House  
-Sisternes House  

-El Rengle   
-La Beneficiència  

In Sant Sadurní d'Anoia:
-Caves Codorniu

Puig i Cadafalch: Portrait

Born in Mataró (El Maresme) near Barcelona in the year 1867.
Becoming a student, in 1887, he entered the "Centre Escolar Catalanista" and started to work in Matarò.
Later, he came to Barcelona, where he completed his architecture studies in 1891.
Named Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture of Barcelona, he developed his great architectural capabilities.
In addition to his professional work as architect, he became active in politics, in the field of Catalan nationalism.
In 1917, when Enric Prat de la Riba died, he succeeded him as a Mancomunitat of Catalonia President (President of the Catalonian Government) developing an ambitious plan of schools and cultural institutions, organizing the Junta de Museus (Museum Association), new museums in Ciutadella Park of Barcelona, the improvement of the Empuries excavations, new roads and agricultural development of Catalonia.
A disciple of Lluís Domènech i Montaner, he is considered the last of representatives of Art Nouveau and the first of the Noucentisme (new artistic way following the Art Nouveau). His work can be divided into three different periods following the classification of Alexandre
Cirici i Pellicer:
• T
he first, named the rose period (Art Nouveau), who's model is the traditional aristocratic Catalan rural house (casa pairal) and also follows the inspiration of Germanic models. Buildings corresponding to the period are the Casa Martí (1896), the Macaya House, the Amatller House and specially the Casa de les Punxes or Terrades House(1905).
• The second, the
white period (Rationalist idealism) follows the ideals of new burgess elite, pragmatic and strictly ordained. The buildings corresponding to this period are: Trinxet House (disappeared), the Muntades House and the Company House.
• The third period, the
yellow period (Monumental)was developed during the 1929 Barcelona Universal Exhibition, for wich Josep Puig i Cadafalch was the first architect. This period is characterized by monumental buildings, the yellow colours of façades and the imitation of Romanesque architecture, which is melded with the typical architecture of Valencia and Andalusia giving a Baroque aspect as a result.
Very interested in North American architecture, he designed the Pich House wich was inspired by Sullivan.
Despite all of these activities, he also established a significant reputation as an historical art specialist, particularly on Romanesque medieval architecture. He wrote very important studies on historic architecture as "L'arquitectura romanica a Catalunya" (The Romanesque Architecture in Catalonia), "L'arquitectura gòtica civil a Catalunya" (The Gothic Civil Architecture in Catalonia) and many other books.
From 1942 until his dead in December 1956 in Barcelona,  he was the President of the "Institut d'Estudis Catalans" (Catalan Studies Institute - The Catalan Language and Scientific Studies Academy -).


Correction of English text by Gary Nisbet

Selected LINKS to other websites on Puig i Cadafalch

- Puig  The years of Puig i Cadafalch in Mataró     
-  A web on the Ripoll banner designed by Puig i Cadafalch     

Specific Bibliography on Puig i Cadafalch

Title of book Author Published by Year
Puig i Cadafalch Bassegoda Nonell, J. Edicions de Nou Art Thor 1985
Puig i Cadafalch, L'arquitectura entre la casa i la ciutat Different authors Fund. La Caixa / Col.legi Arquitectes Barcelona Balears 1989
Puig i Cadafalch. Arquitecte, politic i historiador de l'art Jardi, E. Ariel 1975

Books on Puig i Cadafalch


Other Catalan Art Nouveau Architects:
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet   Lluís Domènech i Montaner   Josep Puig i Cadafalch   Antoni Maria Gallissà i Soqué   Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert   Cèsar Martinell i Brunet   Manel Joaquim Raspall i Mallol   Joan Rubió i Bellver   Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia   Salvador Valeri i Pupurull   and others.