Architour - Architecture Walking Tour - Huelva (Spain)

Architour - Huelva (Spain)

Architour - Architecture Walking Tour - Huelva (Spain)

Huelva, Andalucía 21003, Spain

Created By: ArchiTourMaastricht

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Discover Huelva - Andalusia (Spain) during an architectural walk along the waterfront and through the center of Huelva with its traditional, modernist and rational architectural objects. From beautiful 18th century palacios to the Riena Victoria residential area from the Rio Tinto Limited mining company for its employees (1916). But you also will find some surprising modernist / brutalist buidings from the 80s.

Huelva is a surprising city, on the eve of a major 'transformation'. From 'dirty industrial city' to 'a pearl at the mouth of the river'

The image of Huelva used to be mainly determined by the Riotinto Limited mining company, who used the port of Huelva to transfer copper ore from the mines in the north via a large cast iron pier to the boats in the port.

With the abolition of this production and the transformation of the pier - El Muelle - into a walking pier and the development of the river area into a tourist bicycle and walking route that runs until the statue of Colubus a few kilometers further on.

A new central market was created with new apartments on a wide boulevard, where it is pleasant to stroll towards the waterfront and where you will encounter some nice restaurants with excellent meals and terraces on your way.

The coming years, the 'Muelle de Levante' pier (see the video at project no. 41) will be overhauled and a park-like environment will be created here with a new museum, spaces for the university, a shopping center and a 33-floors residential tower that will become a new landmark.

If the “high-speed train” to Sevilla that has been promised for years with a new station finaly starts, nothing will keep Huelva away from becoming the new “hotspot” of Andalusia.

Huelva has no large cathedrals or palaces, but the city does have some interesting buildings in different architectural styles. There are the older classical palacios and the more modern buildings.

They are often the work of the city architects such as José María Pérez Carasa and Alejandro Herrero Ayllon. In a style that is called “O Modernismo”. In more southern countries “O Modernismo” is closer to Art Nouveau & Art-Deco than in the northern countries. The term 'Modernism', in these countries has more references to the 'international' Bauhaus' and the LeCorbusier style. This reference fits more with the Spanish style 'Rationalism' from architects such as Alejandro Herrero Aylión. Walk and enjoy what you encounter.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Garages of the Port of Huelva  These are two buildings for the Levante dock in Zafra Park, built by Francisco Montenegro in 1909. These depots were built to repair locomotives and as warehouse for the port of Huelva. Externally the bui... Read more
Building for offices of the Port Works and Services Board - Architects: José María Morales Lupiáñez, Luís Gómez Estern, Roberto de Juan Valiente 1960 - 1966 Current name: Port Authority Buildings The building is located on the west si... Read more
This “brutalist” colossus "Edificio 12 de Octubro", has beautiful sloping parts and asymmetrical offsets. It is the iconic silhouette when entering the center of Huelva. Together with the tower next to it, it forms a kind of entrance ga... Read more
El antigua Comercial Construction began in 1921 under the leadership of José de la Corte, first president of the Centro de Instrucción Comercial (Sociedad Cultural y Recreativa). It was designed by architect José María Pérez Carasa and... Read more
Casa Rafael Mojarro. A modernist building by architect José María Pérez Carasa from 1923. The typical decorative moldings of modernism are particularly striking. Today there is a well-known textile franchise. José María Pérez-Carasa, ... Read more
Monte Offices and Housing -  Modernist builings by the architects: José María Morales Lupiáñez, Rafael de La-Hoz Arderius, Roberto de Juan Valiente 1962 - 1965 Current: Offices, cultural center and homes     ...
Casa del Millón, also known as Casa Quintero Báez, is a historic building in the Spanish city of Huelva and now used as the home of the College of Architects. The Casa del Millón was built in 1916, in two periods between 1924 and 1931, a... Read more
The Palacio de Mora Claros is a building on the former Calle Botica, now Calle Mora Claros, in the Spanish city of Huelva. It was built as the residence of businessman and politician Antonio Mora Claros and Josefa Jiménez Vázquez from an ... Read more
Casa Antonio Checa (UGT) on Calle Puerto (opposite the Millón House and the Palacio Mora Claros). A special building from 1904 by Francisco Monís. It combines different styles, including modernism and neo-Gothic. It is one of the most bea... Read more
The market in Santa Fe was designed in 1899 by the city architect Manuel Pérez y González. But after some problems with the implementation of the metal armor on the roof, the building was completed in 1905 by architect Francisco Monís y ... Read more
Modernist palace house on Calle La Fuente. The two metal closures and the modernist moldings at this former Vázquez Limón clinic are striking. The property is located at 11 La Fuente Street, which connects Plaza de San Pedro with La Palme... Read more
Banco de España (architect: José Yárnoz Larrosa, 1935-1938) A monumental neoclassical building in the Plaza de las Monjas. The corner and the beautiful columns provide a colossal appearance. It is closed for many years and will have a c... Read more
Casa de la Bola, also called Hotel Paris, is an impressive modernist and regionally inspired building that combines the exposed brick of the period with typical tiles. The golden dome is known as the 'ball house'. Antonio García Ramos comm... Read more
Palace of the Duke of Medina Sidonia is the city's oldest civil building and is located on Palacio Street and dates back to the 17th century. A large building that fits in with the typical architecture of the city. It is now, after the nece... Read more
The historic building of the Muñoz family on Palacio Street has regained its original facade through the restoration of the building at Via Palacio 13. It is undoubtedly one of the most representative elements of the architectural heritage... Read more
Círculo Mercantil y Agrícola was founded on September 27, 1861 in the city of Huelva by residents of Huelva. The activities reflected the economic and social momentum that Huelva experienced at the end of the 19th century. The Círculo wa... Read more
Casa Antonio Mojarro or former Sanz de Frutos Clinic (current headquarters of the Andalusian Youth Institute and, previously, the Conservatory of Music). Built in modernist style in 1910 by architect Francisco Hernández Rubio and rehabilit... Read more
It is located opposite the Grand Theater. A beautiful palace from the 1920s, in a careful and harmonious neo-Renaissance style built in the early 20th century by architect José María Pérez Carasa on Calle Vázquez López. It used to be a... Read more
COAATH was from the end of 2007 to 2012 located in the majestic building at Calle Vázquez López 19. The renovated and adapted facilities of the College of Mechanics are owned by the three social courts and the Penitenciatenitentiary Surv... Read more
The Gran Teatro is a cultural building in the Spanish municipality of Huelva in the province of the same name. The work of architect Pedro Sánchez Núñez (1882-1956). It opened on August 30, 1923 as the Royal Theater, the main theater of ... Read more
Edificio de Hacienda The renovation of the Hacienda building is a project that has been pending for the city of Huelva for decades. After closure, the building gradually deteriorated to the point that it had to be demolished, with the facad... Read more
The Huelva Town Hall is one of those buildings that catches the attention of every tourist when they walk along Gran Vía. It was built in 1949, on part of the old site of the San Francisco Monastery and is located in the Plaza de la Consti... Read more
Barriadas Huerta de Mena y La Esperanza Architecten: Alejandro Herrero Ayllón, Francisco Riestra Limeses, Francisco Sedano Arce, José María Morales Lupiáñez, Juan Miguel Rodríguez Cordero, Ricardo Anadón Frutos 1948 - 1958 The urban ... Read more
Service Station - Avda. Alcalde Federico Molina - 1955  Architect:  Alejandro Herrero Ayllón This service station stands out as a striking modern monument at an urban intersection at the foot of the adjacent Barrio Reina Victoria Archit... Read more
An announcement about the auction competition for the construction of Mercado was published in 1953. Mayor Rafael Lozano Cuerda was the leader of the city of Huelva when the construction of the San Sebastian market was approved and started... Read more
This unique neighbourhood was created by the Riotinto Limited mining company for its workers at the beginning of the 20th century. At that time, the province of Huelva was enjoying great economic prominence as a result of the exploitation o... Read more
León Ortega Art School A few meters from the Barrio Obrero we find this building from the end of the 19th century, which was the municipal slaughterhouse at the time. This old slaughterhouse owes its name to an entire neighborhood which is... Read more
LA CASONA - now a restaurant - is a historic and iconic building in the city of Huelva, built in the 1920s and a home of the Muñoz family (Muñoz de Vargas). Interestingly, at the back there was a workspace for the family printing house, w... Read more
Sagrada Familia Professional Schools Foundation Architect: Francisco de la Corte López (1964) Now: Pavilion of the SAFA Funcadia School Huelva
Columbus House: A symbol of British power in late 19th-century Huelva, the Casa Colón is the grandest of all the buildings constructed by the city's bourgeoisie around the same time. It is an imposing presence at the beginning of the Alam... Read more
Rationalist multi-family house at Avenida Italia 101/103 Architect: José Maria Pérez Carasa (1937)
Huelva-Término, also known as Seville station, was a railway station in the Spanish municipality of Huelva in the province of the same name. The building in the neo-mudéjar style and its passing character was opened in 1888 as the termina... Read more
Cinema Rábida (1931) is located on the corner of Calle Rábida 17 and Calle de La Paz 2 in Huelva. It was designed by architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto between 1931 and 1933 and is symbolically considered the building that opens the doors to ... Read more
According to its authors, “The criterion underpinning this project is the non-assumption of preconceptions, returning to the primary causes – programme, external conditions, materials – to create a project in which each element is def... Read more
Colegio San José de Calasanz or Ferroviarios (1930) was built by architect Francisco Alonso Martínez. It is a listed building of historical importance. It was built to house the children of railway workers. It is built in a rationalist st... Read more
The Huelva Museum is located on Alameda Sundheim, one of the city's most iconic avenues. It was a residence of the high bourgeoisie in the first decades of the 20th century. Opened in 1973, the museum offers the city a cultural space showca... Read more
The Rio Tinto Company Dock The Rio Tinto Company Dock is one of the heritage landmarks of the city of Huelva. From its construction in 1874 to its closure in 1975, with its hundred years of history, it is a masterpiece of engineering from t... Read more
architect  Mercado del Carmen  - architect : Joaquín Aramburu Maqua  van Árgola Arquitectos The free-standing nature of the building site, its central location near the city's old quarter and the new "Ensanche Sur" (South urban expans... Read more
The kiosk bar (ca. 1937) of the Jardines del Muelle, originally called 'Las Palmeras', is a work designed by the architect Francisco Sedano Arce, although at one point the authorship was attributed to architect José María Pérez Carasa in... Read more
Pavilions for Port Services. APH - Architect: Francisco Sedano Arce (1941 - 1942) The building consists of two symmetrical and free-standing blocks that mark the access to the port of Huelva. The structure is made up of a double bay of load... Read more
Redevelopment of the Levante Pier area The start of the urban renewal works is scheduled for 2024 and at the same time the concessions for the construction and operation of the planned buildings will be put out to tender. This will be the n... Read more
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