The Aguirre Schools were founded at the initiative of Lucas Aguirre y Juárez, a philanthropist from Cuenca, who was influenced by Krause, a German philosopher. On his death he bequeathed most of his fortune to supporting educational institutions, and as a result of this legacy, the Aguirre Schools were constructed in Madrid on land granted by the Town Hall in Calle Alcalá, opposite the Retiro Park.
Its construction was based on a project by the architect Emilio Rodríguez Ayuso who conceived it as a free access building with two floors for educational activities hugely innovative for the time, such as a gymnasium, library, school museum, recreation ground, music room, and even a weather observatory which was to be located in the tower. It is entirely neo-Mudéjar in style, using brickwork as its structural and decorative element. Nowadays, the old building houses the Statistics Department of the Madrid City Council.
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