Catalan Historical Review, No 10 (2017)

Catalan industrial architecture in the last quarter of the 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century

Raquel Lacuesta


The economy of Catalonia experienced a major surge from the mid-19th to the early 20th centuries, primarily because of two crucial factors: first, the industrialisation process, chiefly with the development of the textile sector, and secondly the revival of the agricultural sector, with the extensive cultivation of vineyards around the land. In both cases, non-traditional architectural typologies had to be “reinvented” or built in Catalonia: the factories that manufactured textiles or other products, industrial colonies, the wineries where wine and its spirits were crafted, and the flour mills.

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