On October 17, 2012, anniversary of the birth of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a new association was also born, devoted to disseminating knowledge about the life and work of this illustrious Catalan and native of Mataró. This is the Association of Friends of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, designed with the clear intention of spreading its task throughout Catalonia and beyond.
We believe that the figure of Puig i Cadafalch has not yet received the appreciation he deserves in the different spheres in which he worked and that, to simplify, we could summarize in three: politician, architect, and scientist and historian.
Puig never considered himself a vocational politician, although he did work in this field with unquestionable effectiveness and transcendence.
The figure of Prat de la Riba, so important and close, has likely hampered the valuation of Puig—his right-hand in all matters related to public works, culture and urban planning.
Josep Puig i Cadafalch, architect, politician and art historian, was born in Mataró, at Carrer el Carreró number 39, in the year 1867 to a family of tulle and lace manufacturers. He attended school at the Escola Pía de Santa Anna in Mataró and studied baccalaureate at the Institut de Segona Ensenyança in Tarragona. In addition to a passion for history, he showed great aptitude for physical sciences and mathematics, obtaining a doctorate in 1889. He enrolled in the Provincial School of Architecture of Barcelona in 1883 and completed his degree in 1891. Puig i Cadafalch was one of the most important figures of Modernism. As municipal architect of Mataró (1892-1896), he built the new sewer system, the municipal market El Rengle in Plaça Gran (1891-1893), the Plenary Hall of the City Council of Mataró (1893), the headquarters of La Beneficència (1894) and the Coll i Regàs house (1897). Once established in Barcelona, he decorated the Macià jewelry shop (1893) and directed the construction of the Casa Martí (Els Quatre Gats (1895).