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Photograph of the Main House of the Spanish Augustinians in Shanghai

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The buiding was designed by Abelardo Lafuente and his partner, the American architect G.O. Wootten, with whom Lafuente had began a professional association months before.

The house was located in the American Settlement, in present day Yangshupu Rd. The facade reflects the eclecticism of late 19th century houses from Madrid, which Lafuente knew, such as the building of the Central University in Madrid Francisco Javier Mariategui (1874).

Photograph of the first Dominican church in Taiwan

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One of the first preserved images documenting the presence of Spanish Dominicans in Taiwan. The church of Qianjin 前金 (Kaohsiung), the origin of the present-day cathedral of the Holy Rosary, was inaugurated in May 24, 1863 by priest Andrés…
1863

Star Garage, by Abelardo Lafuente

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The Star Garage was designed by Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente in Shanghai for Albert Cohen (1870- 1930). Born in Constantinople, Cohen obtained the Spanish nationality due to his Sephardic origins—and his wealth. One of the (at least)…
1915

Cover of 'La Chine et les puissances chrétiennes', by Sinibaldo de Mas

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Front cover of La Chine et les puissances chrétiennes (1861, Paris, Hachette, 2 vols.) by Sinibaldo de Mas.De Mas analyzes events in 19th century China with the aim to show that "the hateful spirit displayed in Canton and other places of the…
1861

Ramos Apartments

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Designed by Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente in North Sichuan Road (present day 2081-2093) for his friend and patron the cinema impresario Antonio Ramos.

The building is composed around four different staircases, with two apartments in each…
1924

Spanish villa by Abelardo Lafuente

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The villa was located in Ward Street (today Changyang Road), in an area distant from the city center, with views over the Huangpu. It was designed for a Mr. French.

The building includes a ground floor and first floor with an accessible terrace…
1915

Portrait of Abelardo Lafuente

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Abelardo Lafuente García-Rojo (1871-1931) was a Spanish architect who worked in Shanghai, where he arrived in 1913.

The photograph was taken in Manila, where Lafuente had previously established an architecture studio under the name “Abelardo…
1898 (ca.)

Embassy cinema

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The building was designed by Spanish architect Abelardo Lafuente for film impresario Antonio Ramos in 1914 to host the Olympic cinema (Xialingpeike夏令配克). Located in 126 Bubbling Well Road (present Nanjing West Road), it was later renamed…
1928 ca.

La industria casera de las pajas trenzadas en China

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Carlos de Sostoa, cónsul de España en Shanghai entre 1910 y 1916, firma este informe, publicado por el Ministerio de Estado, en el que examina la manufactura casera de objetos de paja trenzada en la provincia de Shangdong y recomienda…
1913

Plano de planta de la Villa Rosenfeld, de Abelardo Lafuente

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La Villa Rosenfeld fue construida por el arquitectoAbelardo Lafuenteen la antigua Avenue Petain (actualHengshan Lu), una de las principales arterias de la Concesión Francesa de Shanghai. Alberga en la actualidad el restauranteSasha'sy es…
1921-1922