Design for the Proposed Centre Català, Montevideo. Building Plan


Gaietà Buïgas Monravà (1851-1919) was the designer of the monument to Christopher Columbus in Barcelona (erected 1882-88) and of such buildings as the Spa Vichy Català in Caldes de Malavella (1898) and the Banco Popular building in Montevideo (1904−7). Buïgas completed most of his work in South America, in Argentina (1903−4) and, especially, in Uruguay (1904−12), where he lived for nine years. Designs for 36 of the works that he made for these countries are preserved at the Biblioteca de Catalunya. Designs for buildings and monuments in Catalonia and elsewhere also are preserved in the library. These documents provide insight into the artistic personality of one of the most prominent architects of Catalonia at the turn of the century. The work of Buïgas is regarded mainly for its exuberant eclecticism, modernism, and art deco influence. Presented here is one of Buïgas’s drawings for the Centre Català (Catalan Center) project, which date from about 1904. It shows the ornate facade of the large theater with three floors and a dome. On the third floor is the inscription "Centre Catalan" and above the main door the slogan "Catalonia forward." The second floor has busts of two Catalan composers, Josep Anselm Clavé (1824−74) at one end and Antoni Soler (1729−83) at the other.

Last updated: January 13, 2015