The building housing the Museo Naval de Cartagena was constructed in a modernist style in 1926 under the direction of the Cartagenerian architect Lorenzo Ruiz Costa. During construction several changes were made to the original plan including a less baroque faĆ§ade than originally planned and less decorative touches giving a greater clarity and order to the final result. The result suggests a classical building inspired in the historicism of the faĆ§ade in the Herrerian style. With its globes, Seville-style ceramics of baroque inspiration and the curvature of the front as referential elements, the building is a gentle blend of modernity and tradition. A large stone plaza also helps give the construction a greater sharpness.
After its construction the building was used as a school for apprentices of the Spanish Society of Naval Construction, for which it was originally made. It was considered one of the first schools of professional formation in Spain. Following the Civil War and the avatars of naval construction within the Armada, the building continued to train students but now of the Council of Naval and Military Constructions. Finally and during a number of years, it became the College of Our Lady of Rosario, a primary school directed by the Brothers of San Juan Bautista de La Salle.
Once it had served all practical uses, the Armada recovered the building and decided upon its use as a Naval Museum.
The ground floor has a triangular shape with a patio for the exhibition of the collection as well as a second floor added on to the central part and southern corner. The total space is some 1.602 square metres of which 1.442 are d... [ ]