More architecture by Gaudi

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Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona. (; most images Wikipedia)

My recent post “Didn’t quite get Gaudì,” criticizing a modernist supposedly won over by his architecture, has inspired me to post a few more shots of his work. Most of these are my favorites among images from Wikipedia’s list of his most eminent buildings. Even among those I did not select it would be hard to find examples that a modernist could enjoy without betraying the principles of her dastardly modernist style. Antoni Gaudì was not a classicist but a traditionalist in spite of his wide swing away from the classical orders. Even his break from the traditions of architecture in (primarily) Barcelona betrays a reverence for that flair for beauty which have endeared tradition to the public. I hope you will enjoy these shots, and will close by noting that the ancient classical orders inspired many offshoots of architectural style. The classical style (with its own many offshoots) eventually became one among many traditional styles that span the earth – the real International Style – which yet maintain a timelessness next to which modernist work becomes dated soon after its erection. Okay. Now to Gaudì:

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Schools associated with Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral. (Wikipedia)

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Episcopal Palace of Astorga, in Leon.

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Casa Botines, in Leon.

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Casa Calvet, in Barcelona.

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Casa Batllo, in Barcelona.

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Bellesguard, in Barcelona. (

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Pavilions at the Park Guell, in Barcelona.

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Bodegas Guell, in Barcelona.

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Artigas Gardens, in Barcelona.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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1 Response to More architecture by Gaudi

  1. Michael Behrendt says:

    Great pictures. Gaudi is such a gift to us all. Michael


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