Francesc Berenguer was the son of one of Gaudí’s primary school teachers, with whom he would end up studying architecture and working.

Retrat de Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, arquitecte modernista català (1866.1914)

Francesc Berenguer i Mestres is a little-known figure in Catalan Art Nouveau. Although he worked as such, he never obtained the title of architect. This condition prevented him from signing projects, so that many of the works in which he collaborated are not recognised. Today, on the 153rd anniversary of his birth, we bring you his curious and interesting history.

Francesc Berenguer was born in Reus on 21 July 1866 and died 47 years later, on 8 February 1914. Francesc Berenguer was the son of one of Gaudí’s primary school teachers, with whom he would end up studying architecture and working. Berenguer studied architecture between 1882 and 1888 but never graduated, which meant he could not sign the plans he designed. Other Art Nouveau architects were those who claimed his plans, such as Juan Rubió, Pascual and Tintorer or Gaudi himself. From 1887 until his death, Berenguer worked for Gaudí, supporting him in large projects such as the Güell Palace or the Sagrada Familia. Most of his attributions are discussed due to the problems surrounding the authorship of the projects.

His son, Francesc Berenguer i Bellvehí, also studied architecture, obtaining the title in 1914. Berenguer’s son also adopted the Art Nouveau style in his works. He worked with Gaudí, his father and other Art Nouveau architects in and around Barcelona, as did his father, although he was able to sign his own projects.

Art Nouveau architecture hides the names of such curious figures as this one. Do you know everybody who collaborated in the construction and decoration of La Pedrera? Casa Amatller? Casa de les Punxes? Catalan Art Nouveau still hides many secrets in its museums in Barcelona.


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