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Special summer stories: The history of Aníbal González (part 2)

27 Jul 2020

Last week we wrote about who Aníbal González is, what he does and what his connection to Seville is. This week we will tell you something more about his projects and buildings in the city.

Edificio para Manuel Nogueira
The Edificio para Manuel Nogueira is the first building that Aníbal build in the Neo-Mudéjar style. The building was built in 1907 and is located between the street junction of Martín Villa and Santa Maria de Gracia. The house was built for a man named Manuel Nogueira. The reason why the house is unique, is because of the wide variety of arches. Typical for the Neo-Mudéjar style are the horseshoe arches, which are also known as Moorish arches.

Pabellón Mudéjar
The Pabellón Mudéjar is built in 1914 and is located at the Plaza de América. This building was part of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and served as an art pavilion, the ‘Pabellón de Arte Antiguo’. The building consists of three halls, these are located on the left side, right side and the back of the building. In the middle of the Mudéjar is a small patio. You can enter the building through the lobby, but you can also enter from the María Luisa Park. The exterior consists of bricks, decorated with ceramics. The front of the building has three doors with archivolts and are decorated with Azulejos. Nowadays the building houses the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of Seville.

Casa de las Conchas
Casa de las Cochas is located at number 26 of Calle Mateos Gago. The house was built between 1916 and 1918, at a time where the street went trough a complete transformation to widen the roads. The exterior of the house is finished in exposed bricks and the architect played with carvings as well as reliefs and the carving of materials to achieve balance with multiple decorative details and textures that will enhance the walls, corners, doors and windows of the building. The tiles, Azulejos, decorate the bottoms of the balconies and the forged metal was used for the railings. People consider this building as one of Aníbal’s masterpieces and this house reminds us of the ‘house of shells of Salamanca’. The reason why it reminds us of that house, are the one hundred reliefs that decorate the house. The reliefs are not shells, but animals, plant elements, fruit trees, allegorical motifs and most important human figures, that in many cases are faces of South American Indians.

Capilla Virgen del Carmen
The Capilla Virgen del Carmen (the chapel) is located at the Plaza del Altozano, at the exit of the Triana bridge. The build started in 1924 and they finished the construction in 1928. The Chapel is a building with two elements, a cylindrical chapel topped by a dome that is connected to a bell tower by a rectangular body that serves as access to the building. The building is entirely built with exposed brick, with tiles covering the dome and the top of the tower and decorated with ornamental ceramic elements. You can now access the chapel through a small staircase.

Next week we have a new and final blog about Aníbal González and his most famous project: Plaza de España, so stay tuned!

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Want to visit the Pabellón Mudéjar? Click on the link to get to the website of the Museum of Arts and Popular Customs of Seville.