About Ramos de Azevedo
Born on December 8, 1851, Francisco de Paula Ramos de Azevedo served as architect in the capital of Brasil in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Ramos de Azevedo is the one responsible for several buildings of the Belle Epoque Paulistana. The body of his work depicts different styles and symbolizes the urban transformation of São Paulo and the desire to progress at that time.
Son of a wealthy family of Campinas (SP), after the first studies in Brazil, was studying at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he graduated as an engineer and architect in 1878.
Upon returning to Brazil, with solid knowledge in construction, opens his first professional office in Campinas, where he signed several projects. His first work of great importance is the completion of the Church the Mother City in 1883.
In 1886, Ramos de Azevedo was invited to design public buildings in the city of São Paulo, as the Treasury of Finance, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Police, the College courtyard. The buildings are known as “Secretaries of State”.
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Ramos de Azevedo designed the City Market building in São Paulo. In addition to the offices, he signed works that marked the city as the Municipal Market, the Casa das Rosas, which was completed after his death, the Palace of Industries in the Park Pedro 2, the Polytechnic School, the Asylum Juqueri, the School of Arts and Crafts (now Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo), the portal of the Cemetery of Consolation, the Caetano de Campos Institute (now the State Department of Education) and the Central Post Office, in Anhangabaú Valley.
With the success of the projects, the same year Ramos de Azevedo establishes in São Paulo office FP Ramos de Azevedo and Co., which accounts for the greatest paulistanos architectural projects of the 19th century and early 20th century. His fame also draws the attention of many coffee barons , who hired him to build their houses.
In his professional career, also stands as one of the founders and professor at the Polytechnic School of São Paulo (Poli), which became director. He also directed the School of Arts and Crafts, dedicated to the study of art. In 1904, Ramos de Azevedo was elected state senator, a position he held for only a year and a half. He died on June 12, 1928, in Guaruja (SP).