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 Francesc Berenguer



Berenguer (i Mestres), Francesc [Francisco]     

(b Reus, 21 July 1866; d Barcelona, 8 Feb 1914).

Catalan architect. His father had taught Antoni Gaudí, who later became a close friend and collaborator with Berenguer, the two architects’ characters perfectly complementing each other. Although Berenguer studied at the Escuela de Bellas Artes (from 1881) and attended the Escuela de Arquitectura, both in Barcelona, he never finished his studies, abandoning them in 1887 to work first in the office of Augusto Font i Carreras and later with Gaudí. From 1892 he was employed in the architectural department of the town hall of Gracia, one of the adjoining small towns swallowed up by Barcelona, where he did most of his work: the Mercado de la Libertad (1893), the Casa Parroquial (1900), the renovation of the Iglesia de S Juan de Gracia (1909), and the house at Calle del Oro 44 (1909). These works demonstrate most of the general characteristics of Modernisme (Catalan Art Nouveau), as do the works executed in collaboration with Gaudí: the Palau Güell (1886–91), the Finca Güell (c. 1887) in Pedralbes, the Bodegas de Garraf in Bellasguard, the crypt of the Colonia Güell and the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia. In all of these Berenguer demonstrated his skill in the execution of details, using ornamental, geometric or naturalistic motifs.



Casa-Museu Gaudí, Parque Guell, Barcelona



Casa Joan Baptista Rubinat


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