Radio26.Cu – Matanzas, Cuba


A French leaves a trace in the architecture from Matanzas

Gloria Machado León 26 diciembre, 2013

Julio Sagebien, father of the architecture in Matanzas. COOPERATIVE SEGEBIEN COURTESY

When the architect Mayra Arencibia decided , along with the rest of his team, his name Sagebien non-state cooperative dedicated to the rescue of heritage buildings , many accepted the fact the importance for the city and its inhabitants , while almost nobody understood the Frenchified term that gave life to the dream project for Matanzas .

Today , the cooperative Sagebien is a reality and now its members have decided to do justice in the City of Bridges to the man who is considered the «father of the Matanzas architecture ,» the Frenchman Jules Sagebien ( 1796-1867 ) .

In coordination with the Art Museum of Matanzas and by funds provided by the Victor Hugo House inaugurated a sample of lithographs , prints and photographs of works currently located on the Matanzas environment. Also includes images of personal items from his residence in France provided by their descendants.

Young Sagebien the port of Matanzas in 1820 , came as foreman in charge of the Customs building , which today houses the Municipal People’s Government . Still half erect the building suffered structural damage that part of it did collapse and the collapse of its main facade.

The rebuilding of the edifice of Customs, today the venue of the People´s Power Municipal Goverment, starts the career of Julio Sagebien in the Island. COOPERATIVE SEGEBIEN COURTESY

In 1825 after presenting a project for reconstruction is selected for execution. He was only 24 years and thereafter begin his career on the Island, to gradually become the appointed architect of the city of Matanzas. You take care the most complex and important work , he lived here 27 years 40 who resided in Cuba .

The building of Customs now thought from his vision , occupied one level and welcomed the emerging picture of the academic neoclassicism. And marked a new era for the Matanzas and Cuban architecture , as items of its type in the city were absent from rivers and one of the first in the country.

«It was architect and engineer and also participated in other projects throughout the island, as the execution of about ten lines of the railway. So I get as a versatile genius and a passionate career of buildings at its best » , defined by Mayra Arencibia at the opening of the exhibition.

The sample is kept at the Museum of Art Matanzas until January 8, 2014 , and later , in the interest of its organizers, rotate through other areas of the city .

In July 1860 Sagebien definitely is forced to return to France. The smallest of children facing serious health problems , which are estimated to disappear under the air from the parental home .

They say that at 64 years old is difficult to readjust to their homeland , nothing was the same , neither the friends nor the weather. He died seven years after his return. His remains rest in the cemetery Bouflers , beside those of his wife Demetria Delgado, the Spanish girl he met in Matanzas, when I was young and eager to build the world.


Original text by Jenny Hernández Suárez on December 25th, 2013

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