Industrial modernism

In the mid-nineteenth century, Terrassa was one of the leading Catalan and Spanish cities of the industrial revolution.

For over a century, the textile sector, specialising in the wool industry, was the powerhouse of Terrassa’s economy. The industrial bourgeoisie fostered cultural movements, such as Modernisme and Noucentisme.

The language of Modernisme was widely accepted in our city and it remained alive years after the dates traditionally attributed to it. This establishment of the Modernist style in Terrassa applied to industrial heritage is linked to the personal work of the most prolific architect from our city in this period: Lluís Muncunill.

Some architectural highlights include the Masia Freixa, the Aymerich, Amat i Jover Mill and the Farnés Warehouse (Lluís Muncuill); the Desinfecció Park, the Josep Maria Coll i Bacardí House (Baumann House) and the chapel of the Sagrat Cor de Jesús (Josep M.Coll i Bacardí); the renovation work on the Alegre de Sagrera House (Melcior Vinyals), the old Vídua Carné Confectioner’s (Joaquim Vancells) and others.

Also important is the Documentation Centre and Textile Museum collection which brings together master works by late 19th and early 20th century Catalan artists, designers and enterprises.

Finally the Modernist Fair, which is held during the second weekend in May, sets out to take visitors and the people of Terrassa back to a weekend one hundred years ago.