Located at one of the main entrances to the Municipal Park in Elche is an old power transformer, today reconverted into the main Tourist Info point of the city.
This building was constructed about 1950 (anonymous author) by the electric company CODESA to host an electric energy transformer. Several transformers of similar aspect were constructed between 1940 and 1950.
It follows a Neoarabic style present at the province from the beginning of the 20th century. Typical characteristics are the battlements and the Arabic style and embossed decoration at windows and doors. The rounded and eight star openings are the most interesting points of the construction. Moreover, the construction properties of this kind of electrical transformer, small in plan but tall, makes it resemble the look of a minarete. The building is enclosed in the Municipal Catalog of Protected
Located at the entrance of the Municipal Park and surrounded by palm trees it has been defined as an item of great urban, social and architectural relevance which makes it a clear landmark of the city.
The building was rehabilitated around 1975 and nowadays allocates the main Tourist Info of the city
Gaspar Jaen i Urban. Guía de la Arquitectura y el Urbanismo de la Ciudad de Elche - Tomo I, pages 256-263. Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de la Comunidad Valenciana, 1989.
I would like to thank Andres Serrano Bru for suggesting me to contact Rafael Navarro from the Municipal Library who clearly pointed out the source of reference and also
Antonio Serrano Bru for lending me such source.
Picture research location by Sonia Zamora-Amorós. Picture clicking and post-production by Antonio V. Garcia-Serrano. Picture assembling by Jose O´Donovan-Soler.