TOP DOMENECH I MONTANER SITES IN BARCELONA
Everyone coming to Barcelona wants to see the Gaudi sites. But if it hadn’t been for him, then the masterpieces of Domenech i Montaner would have been now famous all over the world. This now not so famous architect was born in 1850, two years before Antoni Gaudi, and in 1877 he was already a professor in the School of Architecture while Gaudi was still a student.
He was also very involved in the turbulent politics of the end of the 1800’s, always in favor of a strong Catalonia in front of the Spanish powers, and he even became a president of our region for a short time. So it’s not strange that his architecture reveals lots of Catalan symbolism.
If you are curious to see the architectural works of this genius that missed international fame due to the impossible to beat competition of Antoni Gaudi, we’ve selected the buildings you shouldn’t miss, some of which we see in our Eixample tour.
These are the masterpieces of Domenech i Montaner in Barcelona:
Hospital de Sant Pau
Casa Lleó Morera
This apartment building is part of the famous Block of Disagreement, that also includes Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and Casa Ametller by Puig i Cadafalch: the three competitors working side by side, pretty much at the same time! Domènech i Muntaner’s was built in 1902 and received the award to the best building of the year (you can still see the stylish modernist sign announcing that in the wall facing Passeig de Gràcia). As it was customary, the owners lived in the second floor, the street level was reserved for commerce and the other floors were rented out (families used to live there, but now they’re mostly offices). The main floor is now open to the public and the best part are the room with the balcony overlooking the street, and the spectacular stained glass wall that faces the backyard (from where you get to see the stained glasses of the other floors, by the way, that all together represent a tree. The building is temporarily closed until it is adapted to the current accessibility regulations.
Montaner i Simón printing house (now Fundació Tàpies)
This industrial building from 1881-1885 is considered to be one of the first modernist buildings in Catalonia, and the first one in the Eixample district to use brick in its façade. Domenech i Montaner was assigned the project, as he had already built a summer house for one of the owners of the printing house and they needed new headquarters. The machinery was installed in the basement, the main floor housed the public area and the books warehouse, while the smaller upper floor was used for the company offices. The company changed hands in 1962 and closed permanently in 1981. Six years later, the grandson of Domènech i Montaner, Lluís Domènech i Girbau – also an architect, together with Roser Amadó were asked to restore the building and adapt it to host the Tàpies Foundation
AND BONUS! The Domenech i Montaner masterpiece that can be visited at night:
Palau de la Música Catalana
Are you planning to visit any of Domenech i Montaner works during your trip?
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