The Remarkable Houses of Bello and Reborati, Montevideo, Uruguay

Bello y Reborati were no ordinary housing developers. The buildings they constructed in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo between 1921 and 1940 have become an important part of the country’s architectural heritage, and are now, thankfully, protected by law.

DSC_5573DSC_5575 DSC_5576What makes the houses constructed by developer Ramon Bello and designer Alberto Reborati so special is that each one is unique; a work of art. As these photos show, Reborati was clearly strongly influenced by Medieval Mediterranean architecture.

DSC_5577 DSC_5580 DSC_5579During our visit to Montevideo in February, our guide Roberto (of Ciudad Vieja Tours) took us on a walking tour through Montevideo’s Pocitos neighbourhood, introducing us to more than a few Bello and Reborati properties along the way. Strolling down streets lined by their houses was a pure joy.

DSC_5581 DSC_5582Sadly, increased raw material prices at the start of World War II pushed Bello and Reborati into bankruptcy with 500 projects on their books. Just think what the barrios of Montevideo might have looked like, if they’d been able to continue their remarkable work.

DSC_5583 DSC_5584This post is inspired by this week’s photo challenges of Architecture from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge and  Jo’s Monday Walk.

If you’re the sort of person that loves to experience local culture on your travels, why not sign up and follow my continuing Journeys here at Jaspa’s Journal (on WordPress or Bloglovin’), or through my website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr?

The Great Migration (cover)And if that’s not enough for you, the first Jaspa’s Journey adventure, The Great Migration, is now available in both paperback and ebook formats from Amazon and other online booksellers! The first two sequels are scheduled to be released by Speaking Volumes later this year.

Jaspa’s Journey: Perfect for Kids 8 – 80!


Jaspa's Journey Logo (Bigger Bucket)


About Jaspa

Jaspa's Journey is a series of award-winning, travel-based adventure novels for strong middle grade readers by Rich Meyrick. Join the Adventure! Read the books! Follow Jaspa’s ongoing Journeys at Let's explore this amazing world together! And don’t forget to download the books and see what the buzz is all about!
This entry was posted in History, Jaspa's Journey, Photography, South America, Travel and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to The Remarkable Houses of Bello and Reborati, Montevideo, Uruguay

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    Beautiful entry for this week Jaspa. 😀

  2. restlessjo says:

    Any chance of a peep inside? 🙂 🙂
    Thanks so much, Jaspa!

  3. thegirlthatdreamsawake says:

    Beautiful houses indeed ! Deserve being protected!

  4. Emilio Pasquale says:

    These are all beauties, Jaspa. Wish we could see inside them!

  5. Pat says:

    They are beautiful – I am especially attracted to some of the windows. But then, I love windows. Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Bełchatów | restlessjo

  7. Pingback: A Stroll Around Montevideo, Uruguay | Jaspa's Journal

I'd love to hear what you've got to say!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.