Ferrol - Urban History
Chalet of Mayor 'Antón' (2003)

In 1919 a chalet was constructed, owned by the mayor, Antón. It was a modernist building designed by the municipal architect Rodolfo Ucha, and stood proudly before the Capitanía Palace, rising above it. It was the golden age of a prosperous local middle class, who, influenced as they were by the innovative ideas and habits of the newly arrived foreign experts, seemed to be able finally to rid themselves of Navy tutelage and initiate a project of coexistence between political parties, employers' organizations and trade unions. In 1930 Ferrol had a total of 35,000 inhabitants, making it the third largest city in Galicia.

Photograph by the author