The first stone was laid on St Joseph’s day, 19 March, 1882. Antoni Gaudí took over the project in 1883. After receiving a substantial anonymous donation, Gaudí proposed a new and grander design. In 1926, gaudy dies, but his work continued from ‘a sizable group of architects, draughtsmen, sculptors and modellers collaborated with Gaudí on the construction’.
Between 1939 and 1940 the architect Francesc de Paula Quintana i Vidal. The next directors were also men who had known and collaborated with Gaudí, Isidre Puig-Boada and Lluís Bonet i Garí, who were in charge of works until 1983. They were succeeded by Francesc de Paula Cardoner i Blanch, Jordi Bonet i Armengol, and lastly Jordi Faulí i Oller, who has currently been in charge since 2012.
Five generations have already witnessed the temple’s rise in Barcelona. Construction continues today. For more infomation, click here.
What are the important perspectives we can learn from?
a. How many businesses can say they have existed since the 1880s?
b. How many businesses have successfully continued after the passing of the genius founder?