Each city has some dates to remember, and of course Sevilla is one of those cities. For example, we can highlight 1503, only eleven years after America´s discovering, when the city achieved being the main exchange port between the new and the old world, getting an enormous power.
But today I´m going to talk about 1929, a very important year when Sevilla celebrated the Iberoamerican Exposition. The city really needed it, after a long period of decadence due to the commercial exchange transfer to Cadiz. The event was a new rising for Sevilla, which changed a lot in the structural and artistic levels. In the last one a man was unforgettable: Aníbal González Álvarez-Ossorio (1875-1929).
Iberoamerican Exposition in Seville: his main achievement
He has been one of the best modern spanish architects ever and the main driving force of the andalusian regionalist style. This historic style has the goal to respect the old fashioned and classic styles (mudejar, renaissance, baroque), renovating and combining them. Thus, the regionalist buildings are lushly decorated with bare bricks, forge of iron, ceramic and plasterwork as the main materials.
Andrés Pérez Vázquez
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Aníbal González was the chief architect of the Sevilla Iberoamerican Exposition of 1929, designing the majestic Plaza de España, his masterpiece and the most emblematic place of the event. As well as the Plaza de España, inside the María Luisa Park we will find other striking buildings made by Anibal, like the Pabellón Mudejar, inspired in the famous Reales Alcazares de Sevilla.
Another buildings designed by Aníbal González
He´s not only worked in the Exposition area, because he designed buildings all over the city. For example “The Conde de Ibarra house”, next to the popular “Barrio de Santa Cruz”, the “Luise´s Chapel”, on Trajano street, or the house he built for the nobel “Marqués de Villamarta”, in the middle of the Constitution Avenue.
Seville commemorated him at 2011, when a statue dedicated to the architect was placed in front of Plaza de España. He is represented staring at his main work with pride, the same we feel about his legacy.