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Architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Lluís Domènech i Montaner was a renowned Catalan architect who lived from 12th December 1850 to 27th December 1923.
Although not quite as well known internationally as fellow Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Lluís Domènech i Montaner was highly influential on Modernist architecture and Art Nouveau in Barcelona and Catalonia.
He was also a noted historian, humanist and politician. He designed many famous Modernist buildings in Barcelona. The most famous are the Hospital de Sant Pau (built 1901-1912) and Palau de la Música Catalana (built 1905-1908) in Barcelona, which were collectively designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
The Barcelona Universal Exhibition in 1888 was on the site of the present day park Parc de la Ciutadella This world exhibition gave Domènech i Montaner an opportunity to construct many noteworthy buildings, some of which still stand to this day, including the cafè-restaurant del Parc de la Ciutadella (built 1887-1888), called the "Castell dels Tres Dragons."
For the 1888 Barcelona Universal Exhibition Domènech i Montaner also built the spectacular Gran Hotel Internacional in just 53 days. It was demolished after the exhibition.
Barcelona buildings by Lluís Domènech i Montaner
Editorial Montaner i Simón building. (Built 1879-1885)
Located on Carrer d'Aragó 255, now home to the Tapies Foundation. This was originally built for a publishing company. It was Domènech’s first major project in Barcelona and is considered to be the first modernist buidling in Barcelona. The commission for this work came from his cousin, Ramon Montaner, who also asked him to build his private residence in Barcelona, called Palau Montaner (1889-1893) whch is on the street Roger de Llúria 101.
Casa Thomas (built 1895-1898) on Mallorca, 291-293
Casa Lamadrid (built 1902) on Carrer de Girona, 113
Casa Lleó i Morera (built 1903-1905) on the famous “manzana de la discòrdia” city "block of discord" - on the shopping street Passeig de Gràcia
Casa Fuster (built 1908-1911) Renovation of old chocolate factory. Now home to Hotel Casa Fuster on Paseo de Gracia 132
Montaner also designed a number of buildings in the coastal town of Canet de Mar just north of Barcelon, which include the Ateneu Catalanista (1885-1887) and Casa Roure (1889-1892)
In the town of Reus, south of Barcelona, he designed the Institut Pere Mata (1897-1919), Casa Rull (1900) now the Town Hall, and Casa Navàs (1901-1907).
On the island of Mallorca he designed the famous Gran Hotel (1901-1903) in Palma de Majorca.
List of modernist buildings in Barcelona
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