Tag Archives: heritage

A medieval country house which has become a music school

21 July, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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On the way up Passeig de Maragall, in the direction of Horta, just before C/ Lisboa there is an imposing country house surrounded by a large garden and a fence consisting of tall cypress bushes and trees. It’s Can Fargues, the property around which the neighbourhood grew and which gave it its name. The building is now the home of the Horta-Guinardó music school. The origins of the masia of … Read more…

Remembering a historical building, now disappeared: the Torre dels Pardals

28 March, 2017 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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The city’s architectural heritage has changed over time. Buildings which were once undervalued have gone on to be considered heritage, as in the case of La Pedreda. Others, which nowadays would be preserved, disappeared in the Francoist era due to the growth of the city and property speculation. One of those buildings, now gone, was the Torre dels Pardals in the Guinardó neighbourhood. The Barcelona plain was home to various … Read more…

The vestiges of early industrialisation

15 September, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

Industrialisation arrived in Catalonia largely via the printed calico factories which spread around Barcelona from the early to mid-18th century onwards. The first manufacturers set up their operations in the Sant Pere and the Raval neighbourhoods on land where there had previously been fields and cultivation areas. During these beginnings of the history of industry, a building known as the casa-fàbrica appeared, which combined industry and housing on the same … Read more…

Textile history and present day culture combine at La Farinera del Clot

13 June, 2016 | Barcelona People, Unknown City
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The city is full of old textile buildings which have been recuperated for new civic and cultural uses. These premises are the vestiges of industry which flourished from the 18th century onwards in the municipalities on the Barcelona plain, such as Sants, Gràcia, Sant Andreu de Palomar and Sant Martí de Provençals. At one of the corners in Pl. Glòries, where Gran Via meets Av. Meridiana, one of these old … Read more…

An association working to protect and promote photographic heritage

24 July, 2015 | Barcelona People, Unknown City

In 1972 a group of people from the photography world realised there was a serious risk of losing rich Catalan photographic heritage and decided to found the Institut d’Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya (IEFC), a non-profit association with a public service philosophy. The institute’s basic aims were to promote the study, research and profile of photography. Some 43 years on, various generations of photography professionals and enthusiasts have attended classes, the … Read more…