August 20, 2012

Jacinto Garcìa, El Castell de les Fonts/Les Fonts Castle



Les Fonts is an urban neighbourhood of some 2000 inhabitants in the spanish city of Terrassa, near Barcelona. It is bisected by a river along which -in the center of the community- a castle is situated, as shown in above picture.

It's an enormeous complex, bounded by the river, the Carrer de Mossèn Paramon, the Carrer de Josep Poms and the Carrer de Sante Teresa, and the castle is presented in this blog because of its artistic elements and because it was constructed by just one man, a non-professional in architecture and constructing, helped by his wife and in later years also by a couple of assistants.

Life and works

Son of a farmer, later a wine merchant, Jacinto García (b. 1929), became an antiquarian, who among others bought classic and old  furniture from farms and old houses to resell these to interested parties.

The internet has no biographical details about him, neither is there much information about how the construction of the complex proceeded. As far as I understand, around 1960 García began transforming his house into a castle-like structure, first by adding a tower to it and then continuing by gradually expanding it with further constructions and walls, until it had expanded into a complex facing three streets and the river.

When he began in the 1960's regulations on urban planning probably had not yet developed in Catalonia or were of little significance, so García could indulge in his sole discretion, mixing architectural styles and providing decorative elements to his own taste.


So, the exterior walls have sculptures, statues, busts....


various decorations, wrought iron fences....
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and gargoyle like phenomena............


And the interior? It seems that little or nothing has been reported about this. In any case, on the internet I couldn't find any story relating to how the interior of the castle looks like, nor did I come along pictures of its interior.

Many people say their home is their castle, but for mr and mrs García their castle is their home, that's where they live. Since the couple has no children, the question arises as to what the future of this complex might be.

Documentation/more pictures
* Yovaniotorres weblog march 2012
* The site got a scholarly review in: Jo Farb Hernandez, Singular Spaces. From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments, Seatlle (Raw Vision, SPACES, San José State University), 2013. ISBN 978-0-615-78565-3. An abridged version was published on SPACES website
* Martí Margarit's photostream
* Video by Serflac (Youtube, 3'15", uploaded march 2012)



first published aug 2012, revised dec 2013, may 2017

Jacinto Garcia
El Castell de les Fonts
Carrer de Mossén Paramon
Les Fonts, Terrassa, Catalunya, Spain
no public visits

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