The Regionalist Architecture Conference of Alcalá has started with great success of public

The guided tour of unique buildings of the time, as well known as the CEIP Pedro Gutiérrez, the old police station, the Gutiérrez de Alba theater or the Casa de la Cultura, was enjoyed by a large group on the first day, to which was added the opening of a photography exhibition. The activities continue, all free of charge and without prior registration, including lectures and cinema.

The ‘Conference Alcalá de Guadaíra and regionalist architecture’ have started in the town “not only with a very good call of public, but also with great acceptance for the content, which in this first appointment has been very interesting and rewarding”. This was stated by the delegate of Culture and Heritage Christopher Rivas, during the first activity, a guided tour of some of the most famous buildings in the city. Specifically ‘A walk through the regionalist architecture in Alcalá in the first half of the twentieth century’, guided by Juan Hurtado Lissen, has led participants from the CEIP Pedro Gutiérrez, to the old police station, the Gutiérrez de Alba theater or the Casa de la Cultura.

Precisely in this enclave where the route culminated the awards ceremony and inauguration of the exhibition of the VII Photographic Rally AFA(Photographic Association of Alcalá) with a special section dedicated to the regionalist architecture. Several members of the Corporation, such as Ángeles Ballesteros and Luisa Campos, have also participated in these activities.

The program, organized by the City Council of Alcalá de Guadaíra through the area of Identity, will run until May 8 and will also include lectures and movies, all free of charge. It is, according to the delegate, a set of “heritage activities to highlight the value of regionalist design, a hallmark of urban identity of the city with many public and private buildings, on the occasion of the centenary of these buildings belonging to this artistic trend in architecture, especially between the decades of the 20s and 30s of the last century XX. In addition, given the interest aroused by the subject among citizens, the intention is to maintain such initiatives over time. In this sense, he thanked the response not only to the citizenship, but also the collaboration of all the people who have collaborated in the organization of the same.

Historical context

The architect Juan Talavera Heredia, was one of the main figures of the architecture of the first decades of the twentieth century in Seville, and enjoyed great prestige receiving many public and private commissions. He had a special affection for the town of Alcalá and his work in this city is very numerous, from the Casa de la Cultura (old slaughterhouse), to the Gutiérrez de Alba theater, the Hotel Oromana, the Pedro Gutiérrez school, the San Francisco de Paula training center, or the old Civil Guard barracks, Villa Esperanza, the house on Bailén street, or the tower of the Church of Santiago, among others. Recently the signature of the architect Aníbal González has been verified in the old building of the Casino in the Plaza de Cervantes, and it is estimated that other private buildings of the same characteristics in the streets Ntra. Sra. del Águila, Herreros, Antonio Mairena or the Calderón Ponce neighborhood.