The history of Fabra i Puig
A guided tour uncovers the past and the most significant parts of a part of the Sant Andreu neighbourhood.
The Sant Andreu Civic Centre is organising the cultural itinerary The history of Fabra i Puig. It will take place on Tuesday 21 March at 5 pm and will be led by historian and teacher Oleguer Biete. Registration to take part in this route, which lasts about three hours, must be made in advance on the civic centre's website.
The walk aims to show the past and evolution of the current Rambla de Fabra i Puig and its surroundings, highlighting the most significant points of this sector of the Sant Andreu neighbourhood. The development of the rambla began in 1877, the year in which the Sant Andreu Town Council decided to connect the town with the Santa Eulàlia de Vilapicina neighbourhood. The Passeig Fabra i Puig, formerly Rambla de Santa Eulàlia, is about three kilometres long and is named after the Fabra i Puig brothers. Ferran Fabra i Puig (Barcelona, 1866-1944) was an industrial engineer and the second Marquis of Alella, and was mayor of Barcelona in 1922 and 1923, until Primo de Rivera's coup d'état. Romà Fabra i Puig (Barcelona, 1875 - San Sebastián, 1948) was an industrialist and patron -for example, of the Fabra Observatory- and the first Marquis of El Masnou. Both were managers of the company Hilaturas Fabra i Coats, and in January 1919 the factory workers held a party to thank them for the social improvements they were introducing in the workplace, a party that included the unveiling of a plaque in homage to the Fabra i Puig family. The inscription was taken down during the Civil War to make use of the metal, and after the war a new one was put up, with another tribute party.
To find out more about the history of this area of the city, there is nothing better than signing up for the cultural itinerary on 21 March. For more information, click here.