10 curiosities about Puig i Cadafalch

  1. During his years of study at the School of Architecture, he stood out from all the students. He also maintained a close relationship with the then professor in charge of the subjects of Materials and Application of Science in Architecture, Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
  2. In addition to the friendship with whom he can be considered his main teacher, Puig i Cadafalch also maintained a close relationship with the then director of the centre, Elies Rogent . From whom it is believed he received his admiration for medieval architecture. This interest in medieval architecture is responsible for the medieval influences on the Casa de les Punxes.Domènech i Montaner i Elies Rogent
  3. During the first years of his profession, due to an apparent lack of opportunities, he established, together with Josep Miracle,a preparatory academy for students who wanted to enter the special schools of Engineering and Architecture in which Puig i Cadafalch gave drawing classes. After a year he will leave teaching because of his appointment as municipal architect of Mataró.
  4. Of the projects he carried out in his hometown, the most outstanding is the improvement of the sewage network by designing a new one. It had the aim of improving the poor health conditions of the city.
  5. The performance of this project was one of the reasons that led Puig i Cadafalch to leave the post of municipal architect. He found it impossible to combine his professional activities. These were multiplying, with the development of new projects not only in Mataró but also in the city of Barcelona.Mataró
  6. His first big project in the Catalan capital was the Casa Martí. This house would later establish one of the most influential, important and famous places in the city, “Els Quatre Gats”, on its first floor.
  7. When the Civil War broke out, Josep Puig i Cadafalch decided to go into exile in France to escape the internal wars that were taking place on the Republican side in Catalonia. Instead of signing the document of accession to the national side, he decided to stay in France. Meanwhile he accept some commissions from the French government, such as the restoration of the Romanesque monastery of San Miquel de Cuixà.
  8. After the first exile, he continued to be involved in cultural activities and participated in some cultural events that took place in very small spaces practically in secret. His participation in some of these activities led him to go into exile for a second time in 1942. Because he was warned that an arrest warrant was being considered against him.
  9. The last known publication of him is a modest collaboration in the edition of the book “ArtCatalà” in the chapter on monumental Romanesque sculpture. The book was published in 1957, the year of his death, on December 23rd.
  10. Puig i Cadafalch left portraits of himself represented in some of his works, as we can see in his face hidden among the decoration of the Casa de les Punxes or himself on a bicycle in the Palau Macaya.