The Fundación Pedro Barrie de la Maza is a non-profit, private, dedicated to promoting the development of Galicia from a global perspective. Since its creation in 1966 by Pedro Barrie de la Maza has developed its activities in the areas of research, culture, education and social services. Its aim has been to design initiatives and projects, anticipating social demands, would open roads to the action of other entities, both public and private.
The implementation of the Foundation Pedro Barrie de la Maza in Vigo responds to his vocation of entity serving all Galicians. Is your goal to have an institutional presence and a permanent place of business in the most populous and largest industrial tradition of Galicia in close partnership with Banco Pastor. The center of Vigo and complement the offer of the headquarters of the Foundation Coruña, making it more accessible to the people of Southern Galicia and northern Portugal. Vigo center will schedule a selection of the best exhibitions, concerts and seminars Foundation Pedro Barrie de la Maza and its Institute of Economic Studies, and expand the distribution of other services such as publications Foundation; scholarships and travel grants social, and cultural research.
The headquarters building of Vigo Foundation Pedro Barrie de la Maza by architect Manuel Gómez Román Vigo (1876-1964).The architects Luis Moreno Mansilla and Emilio Tunon Alvarez are responsible for the rehabilitation project.
Román Gómez was also an architect, artist and sculptor. In the course of studying architecture in Madrid developed a close friendship with Antonio Palacios. It was of the Royal Academy and prominent militant Galician Galician. Román Gómez Galician monumental tradition recreated in a transition from modernism to regionalism, in search of an architecture that reflected his ideals, sometimes a distant academicism of recent European developments.
Román Gómez left a deep mark on the Vigo of his time, where he spent most of his projects. Its plan has endured to this day with stone institutional buildings like Simeon or the House Post Office and housing as Henry Mulder or Saturnino Garcia. The building that Roman Gomez performs at the crossroads between Policarpo Sanz and Colón de Vigo Bank headquarters between 1919 and 1923, and will be acquired by Banco Pastor in 1928, is his most ambitious work. Made with white granite mountain of Mina (Castrelos), monumental character makes him one of the most emblematic buildings of the city of Vigo.
(Source: Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza - www.fbarrie.org).