Co-operative La Obrera Mataronense (1883)
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CRITICAL COMMENTARY

Hall of Bleaching of La Obrera Mataronense (1883)

La Obrera Mataronense was the first workers' co-operative association in Spain, dedicated to the production of fabrics. It was located in Mataró, one of the most active industrial towns of the Catalan coast during the mid 19th century, as proven by the fact that the first railway in Spain was built from this city to Barcelona in 1848.
Although Gaudí carried out different works for the workers' co-operative, such as the flag (1873), the social club and the workers' lodgings (1878), the factory's main plan (1881), the scales and the porter's lodge (1883), and the society's standard, only the Hall of Bleaching remains nowadays, large industrial premises destined for the bleaching boiling-pots and for the containers for washing and draining threads.
The building has only one floor, long and rectangular, with brick walls covered by a structure of parabolic arches in wood. As time went on, however, the works were modified depending on the needs: windows were walled up, doors were reformed and part of the structure was covered.
At the back and in a small annex building, the old latrines remain, with a circular plan, built with bricks, closed by a conic cover and partially lined with different colour tiles.
Currently both buildings are owned by the Town Hall of Mataró, who has promoted their restoration, conservation and use.
     
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