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Regionalist Architecture

Literally hundreds of buildings from this architectural trend of the early 20th century still stand tall in Sevilla. So many survive that the city has become inseparable from the style’s trademark brick work, ceramic tiles & wrought-iron decoration. With this guidebook, get to know the architects of the era, their personalities, who hired them & what made Sevilla’s version of Regionalism so unique.

Spain had to manage a series of internal & external problems at the end of the 1800s… they hardly greeted the new century with optimism. Defeated by the USA in the 1898 Spanish-American War, academics thought introspection held the key to survival; turning inward & examining the past would lead the way to the future. With that goal in mind, architects merged the designs of Spain’s previous golden eras to invent a unique style based on regional examples: Regionalism.

Sevilla in particular loved this new mix of Mudéjar, Renaissance & Baroque… especially since the city languished behind the rest of Spain. Plans for a fancy world exposition drove a building boom & made huge improvements in the lives of many. Popular from roughly 1900 until 1930, the majority of buildings in Sevilla adopted Regionalismo wholeheartedly. Neither Art Nouveau nor Art Deco had much of a following in the south, which makes Sevilla all the more unique.

Unfamiliar with architects from Sevilla? No problem. Since local practitioners have yet to find worldwide fame like Antoni Gaudí, this guide contains mini-biographies of Simón Barrís, Aníbal González, Juan Talavera, José Espiau & the Gómez Millán brothers. Their personal histories & interactions had an enormous influence on Sevilla’s development. Without their collective vision, Sevilla might have never emerged from its long period of decline & decay.

Over 100 buildings & monuments may seem like a large number to list, but many are grouped in or near the city center. We’ve also made it easy by organizing this guide into seven short walks of approximately 15 buildings each; do as many as you like. Also, keep this guide handy while exploring the city & incorporate a bit of architectural sightseeing wherever you stroll.

Each listing includes the building’s name or original owner, its exact address plus the architect & year completed. All entries also have a photo for ease of recognition, plus additional text to explain its importance. Two walks cover areas of the city not often visited by tourists —El Porvenir & Nervión— which allows you to break away from the crowds & connect your own dots.

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  • Format: PDF, A5 portrait, 94 pages (file size 13.6 Mb). Designed for digital viewing. Released Jan 2022, updated Jan 2024. This guide may not be redistributed or resold.
  • Duration: Each of the seven walks included take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Reading the history section before setting out is highly recommended.
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