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  • San Pedro Church - Eladio Dieste

    Location: Durazno, Uruguay
    Date: 1967-71

    Dieste took the task of rebuilding this 150 year old church that had been severely damaged by a fire, (only facade and original floor remained) by designing this "simple" brick structure behind the remaining facade (an eclectic adition of the late 19th century to the original colonial one).

    How to get there:
    Durazno is at 200km from Montevideo, from were you can take a bus from the main bus station "Tres cruces". The church is on the main plaza, as in almost all colonial cities, across the town hall.
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    Here the view from GE were you can notice the existing facade, and the altar tower.
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    • #3
      here the old facade as seen from the plaza...
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      • #4
        And here the view from the entrance.
        The two walls of the centre are actualy two brick beams of 8 x 30 meters! and slightly slanted inwards...
        The roof is one valut that spans the 30 meters long, all suported by the altar tower.
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        • #5
          A view backwards reveals the light entrance above the door, made of one thin slab of brick.
          There is a corridor behind it and then the old facade.
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          • #6
            a closer view...
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            • #7
              here a view up to the tower over the altar.
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              • #8
                here an autostitch from the altar...
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                • #9
                  and here from the door...
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                  • #10
                    a closer view of the gap and union between the roof, wall and altar tower.
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                    • #11
                      Wow, you have some brick masters down there. It is an amazing space, very minimal. Thanks for the post.

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                      • #12
                        Extraordinary brickwork

                        Marcelo,

                        Thank you so much for these images of such an extraordinary design, another masterpiece of structural vaults and brickwork by Dieste.

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                        • #13
                          here a view from the sidewalk, you see the neo-clasical colonade outside, and the new inside...
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                          • #14
                            here a 1839 rendering of the previous structure. The roof is timber and spanish tiles.
                            The neo-clasical facade is a later adition, as can be seen here...

                            I beleive he recaptured the original humbleness and simplicity of the original structure inside, one of the first structures to originate the colonial city.
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                            • #15
                              marcelo

                              Thank you for this post and the opportunity of seeing this masterpiece through your eyes.

                              It feels so good to see how things can be made so simple yet so daring. And to have seen such a great design endure.

                              Un abrazo

                              Juan

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