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Giovanni Buscaglione

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”’Giovanni Buscaglione”’, ([[March 1]] [[1874]] – [[1941]]) was an [[Italy|Italian]] – [[Colombia|Colombian]] [[architect]] and [[priest]] from [[Piedmont]], [[Italy]]. He designed series of important projects of religious and educative architecture in Italy, [[Constantinople]], [[Izmir]] and [[Alexandria]] but was especially noted for his work in [[Colombia]], a country where he spent his later years and contributed a significant number of architectural works.

Buscaglione had spent two years of his childhood with [[San Juan Bosco]], one of the great educators of the 19th century and founder of the congregations of San Francisco de Sales and of the Daughters of Helping Maria, both dedicated to the education and development of poor young people. Then, he studied electronic engineering in the [[Academia Albertina de Turín]] of Turin, and developed an interest in sketching ecclesiastical architecture with father [[Ernesto Vespignani]], designer of several churches and schools in South America and he soon had a number of schools in [[Egypt]] and [[Turkey]] in which he would design in Istanbul and Alexandria. He was soon under contract to undertake architectural work in [[Colombia]], and arrived at [[Bogota]], the Colombian capital in [[1920]]. Soon after his arrival he became co-assistant and first director of the office of engineering, and was appointed in that same year at the Colegio Salesiano.

[[Image:Centro Comercial Villanueva-Medellin.JPG|thumb|left|180px|Antiguo Seminario Mayor de Medellín, Villanueva, [[Medellín]].]]

Through this office, he was permitted to work as a priest and design a wide variety of religious buildings and schools in Colombia over a period of twenty years, until his death in 1941. He conducted surveys for reforms, constructing chapels, sanctuaries, seminaries, convents, agricultural farms, schools and even devised a project for a university in [[Medellín]]. He designed buildings across many departments of Colombia including [[Amazonas]], [[Antioquia]], [[Bolívar (Colombia)|Bolívar]], [[Boyacá]], [[Cundinamarca]], [[Meta]], [[Santander]] and [[Valle del Cauca]].
He also focused in the education of young people from underprivelaged backgrounds, carrying on the work in the country, which he had been involved in back in Italy and had once been taught under. The primary objective was to provide to religious, technical and artistic education to Colombian boys in the Schools of Arts and he was responsible for training capable workers in graphical arts, carpentry, mechanics and construction of buildings. Buscaglione was able to provide his personal knoweldge towards architectural education and taught the constructive details, the structural calculations and measurements red and how to create molds for the casting of [[column]]s, [[arc]]s, and decorative bricks.

[[Image:Iglesia del Carmen.JPG|thumb|180px|Santuario Nacional Nuestra Señora del Carmen, [[Bogota]].]]

Buscaglione’s architectural style in Colombia was a stylistic expression influenced by his Italian roots but also incorporated styles of Islamic architecture in the near east which he had become fond of during his time in Turkey and Egypt in [[Izmir]], [[Istambul]] and Alexandria. This was reflected in his works such as the Greater Seminary of Medellín (1919-1928) – today a commercial center, the [[Colegio de León XIII]] (1922-1938) and the [[Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora del Carmen]] (1926-1938) in Bogota, considered his masterpiece. The Florentine gothic style was prevalent in his work, and he was under contract to construct more than thirty churches and chapels under the national reformation programme during which the [[Metropolitan Cathedral of Medellín]] was completed. The tower, rises 57 meters above the vestibule, characterised by its ornate white facade. It was declared National Monument of Colombia in [[1993]]

Buscaglione died in 1941.

==References ==
<ref> {{cite book|author=Carrasco Zaldúa, Fernando|title = La arquitectura de los salesianos en Bogotá|date=2001|publisher-La Revista de [[El Espectador (Colombia)|El Espectador]]|pages=30-33}}</ref>

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[[Category:Italian architects]]
[[Category:Colombian architects]]
[[Category:1874 births]]
[[Category:1941 deaths]]

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