Sueca, Valencia


Ateneo del Socorro

At one end of Sequial street, one of the town’s main streets you can see the Ateneo Sueco del Socorro, built in 1927, the most representative work of Valencian art deco and modernism in Sueca.
It is a 400m2 building of irregular polygonal plant and two heights (ground floor and first floor) and a loft. The facade stands out for its eclecticism where different styles are mixed with references to Egyptian, Arabic, classical architecture and references to iconography on earth, mythology and the Mediterranean. Inside there are some murals by the painter Alfredo Claros recreating the cycle of rice cultivation, as well as a central lamp recovered from the Serrano Theater in Sueca.
Current use: Social center with a big cafeteria and lounge area. Headquarters of the homonymous club that was founded in 1896.

Sueca, Valencia
Noelia Lledó
Art Déco, Modernist
Modernist Traditional bars Cultural centers Dining room Stairs Interiors of buildings Games rooms / casinos / bingo halls / billiards
INTERIOR FEATURES: Bar counter, chandelier, open interiors, decorated ceilings, staircase. Ceilings decorated with (floral) paintings by Regino Mas (rice cultivation and Neptune with several allegories) by Alfredo Claros. Chandelier from the same architect but from another building. Regionalist style with orange motifs.
OUTSIDE FEATURES: Arches, balconies, columns, cornices, windows. Other: Large windows on the ground floor and on the first floor with wooden frames and various shapes. On the doors we find triangular shapes that remind us of Egypt. There is a main stand in the form of an Asian pagoda with Tuscan columns and leaves from which you can access the balcony. The building is symmetrically crowned by a three giant octopi in the curvilinear pediment similar to Gaudí's style.


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