Person - Arenillas Álvarez, Anselmo (1892-1979)

Arenillas Álvarez, Anselmo (1892-1979)

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Arenillas Álvarez, Anselmo (1892-1979)

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Valladolid (España)  1892 - 1979

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Spanish architect, conservator and restorer of the heritage. Son of Saturnino Arenillas García and Anselma Álvarez Macho. Eldest of his ten siblings. Direct descendant of the Arenillas family, from Frenchilla de Campos (Palencia), one of the reference castilian noble families since the 15th century.

He graduated in Architecture in 1920 in the School of Architecture of Madrid, being part of the generation of architects that had straight influence from Vicente Lampérez and Leopoldo Torres Balbás.

In 1940, he was named conservator architect of monuments, specifically Chief of the second department of the Comisaría de Defensa del Património Artístico Nacional (Commission of Defence of the National Artistic Patrimony). As the other architects of the department, he had a key role in the restoration of the architecture in Spain during Francoism. From the moment he took charge until his death, he was responsible for the main monuments of the Spanish provinces of Burgos, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Palencia and Santander, that is, mainly all the former Castilla y León. He worked for 40 years, which led him to generate a great number of projects, memories, reports and site management that modified the whole of the monuments of the Spanish territory. In 1967, he was awarded the Civil Order of Alfonso X, the Wise.

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Valladolid (España) in 1892

Lugar de Defunci¿n:

Guadarrama (Madrid, España) in 1979

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