Timeline

From the initial project to revitalization, learn about the history of the Cais Mauá Waterfront

1890
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Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

Before the construction of the port, the wharf region was where merchandise was unloaded, especially next to the Mercado Público where they were sold. This image shows the movement during the final decade of the 19th Century.

Source: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo.

1899

According the Port and Waterway Authority (SPH), “the first construction project of the Porto Alegre port dates back to 1899, the work of engineer João Luiz de Farias Santos, who was the Provincial River Transit Director.

Source: SPH.

1911
história cais mauá

Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

Cais Mauá construction begins after a call to bid. The winning proposal belonged to Engineer Rudolf Ahrons. The construction began in a 140 meter stretch in front of the Praça da Alfândega. One of the changes at the time was the landfill of the market dock, shown in the picture.

Source: SPH.

1921
porto cais mauá

Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

On August 21st, after several call to bids and some difficulties in executing the construction, the Cais Mauá Port is inaugurated by the then President of the Province at the time, Borges de Medeiros. The image shows the first years of the port wharf operation, during the 1920s and 1930s.

Source: SPH.

1922
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Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

The construction of warehouses A and B and the central portico are completed, with a metallic structure ordered from the French company Daydeé. In the image, the portico of the port wharf in the 1930s.

Source: SPH.

1930
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Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

In the 1920s and 1930s the sports activities in the central area were even more intense, especially for rowing, as shown in this picture, captured during this time period. With the city’s expansion, the port’s movement and water pollution the nautical sports were relocated.

Source: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo.

1935
1935 porto cais mauá

Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

Then Governor Flores da Cunha inaugurated the Port Refrigeration Chamber, extending the wharf a few meters in the direction of the current day Porto Alegre Bus Station. That same year, Porto Alegre celebrated the Farroupilha Exhibit, marking the hundred year anniversary of the Farroupilha Revolution, which brought activity to the capital, including the Cais Mauá, as shown in the photo.

Source: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo.

1937
1937 porto cais mauá

Photo: Ronaldo Marcos Bastos.

Only 38 years after the first blueprint the entire Cais Mauá project is completed.

Source: SPH.

1940
1940 porto cais mauá

Photo: Carolina Heinen – Agreement CMB/Uniritter.

That year, Porto Alegre received 20,123 ships and over 1.7 million goods traded.

Source: SPH.

1941
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Photo: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

A major flood hit Porto Alegre Water invaded the city center: the highest level is still marked with a plaque in the Central Portico of Cais Mauá.

Source: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo.

1947
1947 (Predio-SPH) porto cais mauá

Photo: Cais Mauá Files.

The Art Deco building is opened that hosts the port authority, having headquartered DEPREC and then SPH.

Source: SPH.

1949
1949 porto cais mauá

Photo: Bianchi/Collection from Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

After two years of construction (photo) the works for the Navegantes Wharf is completed, with over 3,500 meters of docks.

Source: Jornal Correio do Povo

1955

End of the construction for the Marcílio Dias Wharf, begun in 1951. Over 1,400 meters of wharf.

Source: JORNAL CORREIO DO POVO

1967
1967 porto cais mauá

Photo: Léo Guerreiro and Pedro Flores/Museu Joaquim José Felizardo/Fototeca Sioma Breitman Collection.

The last great flood before the construction of the Mauá Wall. An image from that year still shows the wharf area integrated with the street.

Source: Museu Joaquim José Felizardo.

1974
1974 muro porto cais mauá

Photo: Cais Mauá Files.

Completion of the Mauá.Wall construction, which separated the Historical City Center from the Guaíba waters. Extending from Avenida da Legalidade until the Usina do Gasômetro, the wall is over 2.6 kilometers long. It is between 40 and 100 meters from the river and is 3 meters above ground and another 3 meters below ground.

Source: Jornal Correio do Povo, March 28th, 2005 edition.

2004

Photo: Carolina Heinen – Agreement CMB/Uniritter.

With the commercial operations focused on other wharfs, Cais Mauá is deactivated.

Source: SPH.

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2007

On March 6th, the second amendment to the leasing contract is signed. This amendment lists the adjustment of the contractual relationship with the succession of the State of Rio Grande do Sul by the SPH and the entry of ANTAQ as a third party.

Source: Cais Mauá do Brasil.

2010
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Photo: Cais Mauá Files.

On July 8th, the Call-to-bid 001/2010, to evaluate revitalization proposals for the Cais Mauá, is issued. The winning project must observe and prioritize accessibility, the restoration of the historical heritage and the reallocation of the currently existing public buildings.

Source: Cais Mauá do Brasil.

2010

On August 6th, 2010, the National Waterway Transportation Agency (Antaq) goes to work to contest the call to bid, since it was published in the Official State Gazette without the agencies approval.

Source: stf.jusbrasil.com.br

2010

On December 23rd, the contract between Cais Mauá do Brasil, winner of the bid to revitalize the Wharf, and the State Government is signed. The then governor Yeda Crusius stated that, “the act is historic and means the beginning of the recovery of the location, a dream being waited on for over 30 years by the Porto Alegre population. Once it is revitalized, the Cais Mauá will be more than a “post-card.” It will be a promoter  of development and tourism in Rio Grande do Sul.”

Source: Porto Alegre City Hall Website.

2013
armazéns Cais Mauá

Photo: Carolina Heinen – Agreement CMB/Uniritter.

On May 13th, Porto Alegre City Hall authorizes the license to remodel and repair the Cais Mauá area, without new construction (approving the Project to restore the Cais Mauá Warehouses).

Source: Cais Mauá do Brasil.

2014
fonte cais mauá

Photo: Rogério Medeiros Soares - Agreement CMB/Uniritter.

On February 13th, Porto Alegre City Hall grants a license for the internal remodeling of the Cais Mauá warehouses. Currently, the Preliminary License and the Installations License are being waited on for the effective beginning of the restauration. The clean-up of the area helps show off the beauty, such as the Ninfas da Fonte statue, considered part of the artistic heritage of Rio Grande do Sul, sculpted by the German artist Alfred Hubert Adloff during the first half of the 20th Century. With the revitalization of Cais Mauá, local residents will be able to access the beautiful work of art once again.

Source: Cais Mauá do Brasil.

2014
Embarcadeiro cais mauá

On June 12 to July 13, there was the Embarcadeiro event, which received 40 thousand people during the World Cup, with a Family Farming Fair, festivals, and the transmission of the games, with bars and street food.

Source: Cais Mauá.

2015
Entrega do EIA-RIMA

On July 1st, the Environmental Impact Study and the Environmental Impact Report were delivered to Porto Alegre City Hall, in order to obtain the Preliminary Environmental License (LP) for the Revitalization of the Cais Mauá Waterfront Complex. This study is the main hurdle to obtain the LP.

Source: Cais Mauá