Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Arquitectura Civil y Doméstica. S.XX y Posterior -

The firm Elder Dempster and C a., Was founded in Liverpool in 1890, dedicating its activity to the sea trade and business between England and the colonies of the English kingdom of western Africa. Santa Cruz de Tenerife has become, along with the port of Las Palmas, the two important strategic landmarks on its route to the colonies, so it was not surprising that they had branches in these two major ports of the Canary Islands .

This large building of modernist style and work of the architect Antonio Pintor, see the light in 1903, opening its doors to commercial premises and offices of the same company. Although at first, its location, well, the intention of the company was to buy the land of the old Castillo de San Crist bal, finally the negotiations did not come to fruition. The final location will place Elder's branch on Robayna Street, on land purchased from Santiago de la Rosa.

Antonio Pintor will be the art fice of this work, which he felt from the outset predilection for the realization of said assignment. The director on site was Jos Ruiz, who along with his brother Tom s Ruiz, carried out the canter work as well as the size of the lavish modernist doors designed by Pintor.

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It is a large building whose main facade towards Robayna Street, has a total of four floors. The open balconies and the layout of the canter contribute to granting the building a marked horizontal sense. The chafl n of Castillo Street is resolved by incurring the front outwards. The result is a wider space to decorate, since this was the commercial vams. However, the property lacks ornamentation towards San Clemente and San Lucas streets. On the facades of the building, both the canter and the iron elements are combined, especially in the different balconies that populate the building. The building has the language of modernism such as the coup de ligo in the balconies of the main facade balconies, as well as in a floral repertoire that runs throughout the building.

The doors of the construction, whose traces and sizes adopt one of the first designs on the island of modernism, are significant due to their decorative splendor. The floor of this building draws a rectangle with one of its chamfered vertices. Painter offers a different solution for each frontis, according to their angle of view. In the one of Robayna, the most important, with a wide visual field, concentrates the richest decoration, like the different marine attributes that it puts in the crowning; even so, in the realization I suppressed some. In the narrow chaff that overlooks Calle del Castillo, he resorts to the Borrominesque solution of incurring the front with a fictitiously more ...

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MUNICIPALITY Santa Cruz de Tenerife

AREA Centro-Ifara District

ADDRESS Calle del Castillo, 65

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Degree of Protection: Integral.

PGO Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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Editorial and research team: Architecture Unit of the CICOP Foundation.
Miguel ngel Fern ndez Matr n.
Jos Luis D will read Mart nez.
Armiche lvarez P rez.
Sendy Hern ndez lvarez.

Photograph: Jos M. Bossini Ruiz.

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