ARCHITECTURAL WORK

Refurbishment of Maria Montaner house

Refurbishment of Maria Montaner house

Year 1876
Location Ronda Universitat, 6, Barcelona
Promoter Maria Montaner

Maria Montaner, the architect’s mother, commissions Domènech a house where the Domènech i Montaner family would live during the first years of their marriage. Domènech designed an ecclectic façade with fluted pilasters on the ground floor, a large crowning cornice and decorated corbels under the balconies. The railings of the balconies and the windows are profusely decorated. The block is still used today as housing accommodation.
Refurbishment of Sant Gervasi church

Refurbishment of Sant Gervasi church

Year 1876-1882
Location Plaça Bonanova, 12, Barcelona
Promoter Església de la Bonanova

The commission to renovate this church was received by Domènech i Montaner and his associate Josep Vilaseca, although subsequent work on the building, such as the refurbishment of the façade, would be carried out by Vilaseca alone. The intervention consisted in alterations to enlarge the alcove. The church was destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
Torre Simon

Torre Simon

Year 1878
Location Mare de Déu de la Salut 17-29, Barcelona
Promoter Francesc Simon i Font

Francesc Simon Font, co-owner of Montaner y Simon publishers, commissions a summer house from Domènech i Montaner in the town of Gràcia, now a district of Barcelona, close to Güell Park. The austere Neo-classical building with sober decoration was an isolated tower with a central body crowned by a tympanum. In 1885 the house passed into the hands of banker José Garí Cañas, and in 1904 into those of the Congregation of Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Mary, who converted it into a school for girls. It girls. This is its present use, which entailed an extension carried out in the twenties that greatly altered the building’s original design.
Preparatory design for the restoration of the Ateneu Barcelonès

Preparatory design for the restoration of the Ateneu Barcelonès

Year 1878
Location Rambla dels Caputxins, 36-38, Barcelona
Promoter Ateneu Barcelonès

The Ateneu Barcelonès asks Domènech to enhance its Dignitary Salon. The entity was founded in 1872, when the Ateneu Català and the Casino Mercantil Barcelonès joined forces. Domènech had been a member of the Ateneu Barcelonès since1877, and would subsequently preside over the institution on several occasions. The atheneaum had its premises on the first floor of the Teatre Principal, in the heart of Barcelona’s Rambla dels Caputxins, and the theatre’s former circular salon became the aforementioned Dignitary Salon. Domènech’s first idea was to refurbish the salon, yet when the atheneaum decided the hall would only be cleaned and decorated, he abandoned the project.
Domènech House

Domènech House

Year 1880
Location Passeig de Gràcia 130, Barcelona
Promoter Adela Domènech

Adela Domènech and her husband Josep M. Llinàs commission Domènech to design a building located at the gardens at the top of Passeig de Gràcis, known as the Jardinets de Gràcia. Apparently an earlier project existed, and Domènech presented a petition to change the building licence in order to accommodate a five-storey structure and ground floor. The façade is simple and ecclectic in style, and funnily enough the adjacent building has exactly the same structure, despite not having been designed by Domènech. The frames are made of stone and the continuous decorative facing of the façade is made of stucco in imitation of quartered brickwork. The rear façade presents some floral sgraffito. The building is still used as accommodation today.
Font i Torras House

Font i Torras House

Year 1881
Location Sant Pere Mitjà, 4, Barcelona
Promoter Ramon Font

Domènech’s uncle, Ramon Font, commissions a building from the architect, and he designs a five-storey block of flats with a ground floor to be erected once the existing construction had been knocked down. The façade is ecclectic in style and has cast-iron pillars and iron main beams on the ground floor. The railings of the balconies are of cast iron, the frames, balcony slabs and imposts are of stone and the continuous facing is of stucco with horizontal quartering. The façade has a decorative soffit that bears the inscription ‘1931’, when the buildng had been standing for fifty years. It is still used today as housing.
Preparatory design for the customs at the Port de Barcelona

Preparatory design for the customs at the Port de Barcelona

Year 1883
Location Moll de Barcelona, Barcelona
Promoter Francisco Masó

Francisco Masó commissions Domènech a preliminary design for the customs building in the port of Barcelona. By 1882 the construction of the first diagonal dock had been completed, and a representative building was required to accommodate the new customs house. Domènech designed a large-scale building to be erected on land that was supposed to be reclaimed from the sea at the fishermen’s beach in order to unite the two sides of the port. The project wasn’t finally developed, and was never built. Subsequently, between 1896 and 1902, architect Enric Sagnier i Vilavecchia, in collaboration with Pere Garcia i Fària, would design the customs house at the port.
Canet de Mar atheneaum

Canet de Mar atheneaum

Year 1884-1885
LocationRiera Sant Domènec, 1, Barcelona
Promoter Societat Ateneo de Canet de Mar

The Canet de Mar atheneaum, founded in 1883, commissions the construction of a headquarters for the society on the most central corner of the village, between the tree-lined Riera avenue and Carrer Ample. Domènech uses parts of the two buildings standing on the plot of land purchsed for the purpose, and erects a ground floor and first floor building. The façade that looks on to the avenue is clearly symmetrical and has a central body crowned by a classical pediment and a large rose window. An adjacent balcony runs around to the corner of the house, where a turret projected from the first floor forces it to wind around to the façade on Carrer Ample, where we find the entrance, hence achieving a continuity between the two façades, both of which are enhanced with decorative stucco work. In 1923 the building accommodated the Workers’ Atheneaum and during the Franco regime it housed the headquarters of the Education and Rest cultural and recreational organisation under the wing of the Spanish Trade Union Organisation (OSE, for its initials in Spanish). In 1985 the property was purchased by Canet de Mar City Council. Over the years its interior would be demolished and altered, and today only the original façades survive. Since 1999 it houses Canet de Mar’s Gual Pujades library.
Tombstone for Lluís Domènech i Roura

Tombstone for Lluís Domènech i Roura

Year 1887
Location Cementiri Canet de Mar, Canet de Mar
Promoter Família Domènech Roura

Domènech designs the tombstone for the burial niche of his son Lluís, who had died at the age of eighteen months. The design, a visible cross and Gothic lettering, is carved in white marble.
Refurbishment of Dolors Rabassa house

Refurbishment of Dolors Rabassa house

Year 1889
Location Méndez Núñez, 13/ Trafalgar, 54, Barcelona
Promoter Dolors Rabassa

Dolors Rabassa commissions an integral refurbishment of an existing housing block, and Domènech redesigns the openings on the façade, adds corbels to support the balconies and renovates the interior flats creating a central courtyard surrounded by a gallery. Access is through a communal staircase shared with the adjacent building. The structure is still used as accommodation.
Monument to the Marquis of Comillas

Monument to the Marquis of Comillas

Year 1889-1892
Location Passeig de Manuel Noriega 13, Comillas
Promoter Ajuntament de Comillas

The City Council of Comillas (Santander) commissions a monument to the memory of Antonio López López, Marquis of Comillas, who had passed away in 1883. The monument, financed through public subscription, has a large stone base that adapts to the slope of the site, on top of which stands a pedestal that supports a classical column. A bronze sculpture of the marquis crowns the monument, made by Agàpit Vallmitjana, while the zoomorphic and phytomorphc sculptural decoration in stone are by Arturo Mélida. Mélida also made the models of two other bronze sculptures that symbolise India and Asia, which were put in place in 1892. During the Spanish Civil War the bronze elements went missing and later on only the statue of the marquis was replaced, made in stone from Girona by Frederic Marès.
Maria Montaner House

Maria Montaner House

Year 1890-91
Location Balmes, 63, Barcelona
Promoter Maria Montaner

Domènech’s mother, Maria Montaner, asks him to design a housing block of flats to let. The building consists of a ground floor and five storeys, and the interior layout has four large courtyards that guarantee the entrance of natural light. The
façade is decorated with sgraffito plant motifs. The railings of the balconies are of wrought iron while the frames, the balcony slabs and corbels are made of stone. The building is still used today as accommodation.
Refurbishment of Matilde Serrallés House

Refurbishment of Matilde Serrallés House

Year 1892-93
Location Fontanella, 9, Barcelona
Promoter Matilde Serrallés

Matilde Serrallés commissions the refurbishment and extension of a house located at 9 Carrer Fontanella (now number 11). Although Domènech’s initial design contemplated a corbelled gallery on the main floor, this was not eventually constructed. The project also included an upper circle that Domènech conceived as a highly decorated loggia. Remains of the city’s former walls were discovered during the renovation work on the ground floor and the basement. The building no longer exists.
Refurbishment of the Casa de L’Ardiaca (Archdeacon’s House)

Refurbishment of the Casa de L’Ardiaca (Archdeacon’s House)

Year 1895 i 1902
Location Santa Llúcia, 1, Barcelona
Promoter Col·legi d’advocats

Domènech receives a commission from the College of Lawyers to refurbish some of the rooms in its headquarters at the Casa de l’Ardiaca (Archdeacon’s House).
This twelfth-century building attached to the Roman wall of the city was transformed into a small Gothic palace with Renaissance decoration. In 1870 architect Josep Garriga annexed it to the neighbouring deacon’s house and built the present porticoed courtyard. In1895 the building became the headquarters of the College of Lawyers, and Lluís Domènech i Montaner was asked to renovate its interior. The architect decorated the assembly hall and other rooms, installed the wrought-iron lamps in the courtyard (no longer extant), adapted the entrance by adding steps to the doorway and placing a sculpted letterbox containing elements allegorical to justice beside it. In 1922 the building was refurbished by Josep Goday to accommodate the Barcelona Museu d’Història, and in 1990 it was reconditioned once again by the B01 team.
Duran i España Chemists

Duran i España Chemists

Year 1896
Location València, 278, Barcelona
Promoter Joan Duran

Pharmacist Joan Duran i España, a militant Catalanist, commissions Domènech to refurbish the interior of his dispensary on Carrer València. Domènech designed a series of cedar shelves that surrounded the establishment, decorated with mythological, floral and zoomorphic elements. The polycromatic upper frieze depicted medicinal flowers, and the lamps were decorated with snakes. The wooden counter in the office separated the entrance to the laboratory through an opening framed by a Neo-Arabic lattice. The floor had a checker-board design made of black and white marble. The building is currently still a chemists shop.
Pantheon Piélago family

Pantheon Piélago family

Year 1898-1899
Location Cementiri Comillas
Promoter Familia Piélago

Domènech is asked to design a burial vault for Joaquín de Piélago, brother-in-law of the Marquis of Comillas, who had died in 1890 at the age of forty. Domènech designed a stone base crowned by a wave on which rested the sculpture of a guardian angel modelled by Josep Llimona and a large wrought-iron cross, six metres in height, made by the Masriera i Campins workshop. During the Spanish Civil War the burial vault was damaged and its metallic features were removed, including the cross. The renovation subsequently carried out consisted in placing a new cross, this one made of stone and much more austere.
Tres caños Fountain

Tres caños Fountain

Year 1899
Location Plaza de Joaquín de Piélago, Comillas
Promoter Ajuntament de Comillas

As a tribute to Joaquín de Piélago, brother-in-law of the Marquis of Comillas who had died at the age of forty, the local council commissions a fountain. Domènech designs a sculptural ensemble on a triangular base that represents the seed of life. The ornamental motifs refer to the marquisate of Comillas, with numerous mediaeval and plant references. The fountain is still used as such today.
Farreras House

Farreras House

Year 1899
Location Mallorca, 284, Barcelona
Promoter Francisco Farreras

Francisco Farreras commissions a house on Carrer Mallorca, opposite the Thomas House that was built in 1895. Even though Domènech drew up the plans, for some unknown reason the work is attributed to Antoni Millàs. The building is still used as accommodation.
Jover, Serra y Cia. factory

Jover, Serra y Cia. factory

Year 1899-1900
Location Riera del Pinar, 12, Canet de Mar
Promoter Isidre i Tomàs Jover Sellarès i Francesc Xavier Serra i Font

Xavier Serra i Font, one of the owners of the Jover Serra i Cia. textile factory, commissions work for the plant from Domènech, who had been his bridegroom. The architect designs two symmetrical industrial units, only one of which was eventually built. The structure, a huge open unit with cast-iron pillars and timbrel vaults on metal beams, was simple yet functional. The façades were stuccoed with a few decorative sgraffito designs. The building was erected one year after that of the neighbouring industrial unit designed by Puig i Cadafalch for the rival firm Carbonell i Susanna. In 1909 Domènech’s son, Pere Domènech Roura, designed a warehouse and factory offices next to the structure designed by his father.
Design of a theatre for the Círcol de Reus

Design of a theatre for the Círcol de Reus

Year 1900
Location Carrer Sant Joan/ Carrer Josep Sardà i Cailà, Reus
Promoter Societat Círcol de Reus

The Círcol de Reus social club commissios the renovation of its lobby and entrance staircase. The club’s premises had been housed in the city’s Teatre Fortuny since 1884. Domènech proposed a decorative solution that resembled his recent design for the Thomas House in Barcelona. The project, however, was abandoned.
Refurbishment of B. Nogueras House

Refurbishment of B. Nogueras House

Year 1900
Location Anníbal, 16, Barcelona
Promoter Bartolomé Nogueras

Industrialist Bartolomè Nogueras commissions the renovation and extension of a second floor above his existing home that consisted simply of a ground floor and a main floor. The building no longer exists.
Lamadrid House

Lamadrid House

Year 1902
Location Girona, 113, Barcelona
Promoter Vicente Bofill i Cases

Entrepreneur Vicenç Bofill i Cases commissions the construction of a block of flats located on Carrer Girona. Before the work was completed, however, Bofill i Cases sold the property to Cuban entrepreneur Eduard Santos de Lamadrid i Ribalta. The building consists of a ground floor and five storeys. The interior layout is symmetrical, with two flats per storey and two inner courtyards that provide light and air to all the rooms. The façade is profusely decorated, stuccoed, with sgraffito edges showing plant motifs and insertions of square ceramic pieces with metal reflections. The balconies are framed by stone pilasters supported by corbels and the stone slabs of the balcony are decorated with sculpted stone showing plant motifs. The main floor has semicircular fretted stone balconies with floral motifs. The balcony railings are of wrought iron, while the frames, balcony slabs and corbels are made of stone. The building is still used as accommodation.
Monument to Dr. Robert

Monument to Dr. Robert

Year 1903-1904
Location Plaça Tetuan, anteriorment a la Plaça Universitat, Barcelona
Promoter Lliga Regionalista

The Lliga Regionalista commissions a monument dedicated to Catalanist politcian and doctor Bartomeu Robert. Lluís Domènech suggested a monumental ensemble presided over by a full-length sculpture of Dr Robert accompanied by allegorical figures representative of Catalan society, on the one hand, and the clinic, science, and medicine, on the other. The cornerstone of the monument was laid in January 1904, although Lluís Domènech would soon abandon the project due to political discrepancies with some colleagues in the Lliga Regionalista. Sculptor Josep Llimona continued working alone on the monument, which was officially inaugurated late in 1910.
Santa Florentina crypt

Santa Florentina crypt

Year 1901-1907
Location Castell de Santa Florentina, Canet de Mar
Promoter Ramon de Montaner

Domènech’s uncle, Ramon de Montaner, for whom he was renovating Santa Florentina Castle, commissions a crypt for his deceased wife, Florentina Malató. The space of the crypt is brightly lit by strategically placed large windows and exquisitely decorated with capitals, lobulated arches, and floral and zoomorphic teardrops emerging from the columns made of Girona stone in the Art Nouveau style by craftsmen in Dídac Massana’s workshop. In the middle of the crypt we find a life-size recumbent image of Florentina Malattó, modelled by Miquel Blay. The space was completed in 1910 with a ceramic frieze designed by Josep Triadó, with symbolic scenes from the Procession of Verges.
Design of Gran Via Pere el Gran Avenue

Design of Gran Via Pere el Gran Avenue

Year 1905
Location Barcelona
Promoter Ajuntament de Barcelona

The Domènech archive contains abundant documentation regarding a project to open the so-called B Route of the 1892 Renovation of Barcelona Plan (also known as the Baixeras Plan), although it is not clear who commissioned the project. Among the documents preserved is a plan of the development of the route, dated 1905, and numerous designs of emblematic buildings located along the route’s most significant parts. The designs include ground plans, elevations and perspectives of a grand bazaar, a grand hotel, a building for a scientific association, a factory, a central market, a theatre and conservatoire, a parliament, etc. The project was abandoned. Years later, he was asked to value the buildings that were about to be confiscated on the first section of the A Route, today the Via Laietana.
Refurbishment of Masia Rocosa

Refurbishment of Masia Rocosa

Year 1905-1906
Location Riera Gavarra/Passatge Carbonell, Canet de Mar
Promoter Domènech i Montaner

Since 1875 Domènech had been spending his summers in Canet de Mar, the company of his family at the Rocosa House. Later on he purchased the two neighbouring houses on the corners of Riera de Gavarra and Riera Buscarons in order to have more space, by knocking down the patio walls of the three houses in order to communicate the courtyards and consequently enlarge the interiors. In 1905 he renovated the country house, which he used as an architectural office and a personal refuge. He preserved the Baroque features of the construction, like the sgraffito on the façade, the windowsills, the staircase mirror and the stone lintels, yet he also introduced numerous decorative features from his own works, including plaster models of sculptures and ceramic proofs. Domènech’s drawing board and his library shelves are still preserved in the grand hall on the first floor.
Joan Busquets House

Joan Busquets House

Year 1906-13
Location Pinar del Rio, Barcelona
Promoter Joan Busquets

Shopkeeper Joan Busquets Ventura commissions a small detached house in what was then the town of Sant Martí de Provençals. The design was presented in June 1906, yet a series of bureaucratic problems concerning the usability and condition of the plot of land prevented planning permission being granted until 1913.
Design of the restoration of the Torre de Mar

Design of the restoration of the Torre de Mar

Year 1910
Location Canet de Mar
Promoter Ajuntament de Canet de Mar

In 1910 Canet County Council declares the fourteenth-century Tower of the Sea a Monument of Local Interest. Dr Marià Serra, a friend of Domènech’s who in those days was in the shadow government, asked Domènech i Montaner to study its renovation. In 1907 Domènech had already made a study and drawn an elevation of the building in the framework of his work documenting the Catalan Romanesque. Neither Domènech’s design nor any other would be carried out. In 1914, when Dr Serra had been elected mayor, another project to renovate the Macià Tower commissioned from Pere Domènech Roura was also abandoned. In spite of the fact that each of the towers had been declred a National Monument in 1921, the Macià Tower was knocked down during the Primo de Rivera dictatorship and the Tower of the Sea suffered great damage at the onset of the Spanish Civil War.
Antoni Murt House

Antoni Murt House

Year 1907
Location Guinardó, Barcelona
Promoter Antoni Murt

Contractor Antoni Murt i Esteve asks Domènech to build a small and simple house in what was then the town of Sant Martí de Provençals. The building no longer exists.
Dídac Frau House

Dídac Frau House

Year 1907
Location Carretera de Sagrera a Horta, actual Pg. Maragall, Barcelona
Promoter Dídac Frau

Dídac Grau commissions the refurbishment and extension of a small villa in the town of Horta. Domènech designed a flat on the first-floor. The building no longer exists.
Refurbishment of the Via Laietana

Refurbishment of the Via Laietana

Year 1908-09
Location Via Laietana, Barcelona
Promoter Ajuntament de Barcelona

Barcelona City Council asks Domènech to work on opening up the first section of the Via Laietana, which would be financed by the Hispano-Colonial Bank. His work consisted in drawing an elevation and valuing each and every one of the houses that had to be confiscated to make way for the new avenue between the port and Plaça de l’Àngel.
Design of the Infants d’Aragó Mausuleum

Design of the Infants d’Aragó Mausuleum

Year 1908
Location Tarragona
Promoter Comissió de Monuments de Tarragona

In 1906 the Tarragona Committee of Monuments decides to commission from Domènech i Montaner a mausoleum to house the remains of James I. In 1908 the Spanish government ratified the design and commissioned a second mausoleum for the other members of the Royal House of Aragon in the cathedral. While the mausoleum for James I was eventually built, after much effort, a few years later, the one designed for the Infants of Aragon was not.
Refurbishment of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona

Refurbishment of the Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona

Year 1909-1911
Location Llotja de Barcelona, Barcelona
Promoter Cambra Oficial de Comerç, Indústria i Navegació de Barcelona

The Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation had occupied rooms in the Llotja de Mar (stock exchange) since 1886. In 1909 the organisation began to use a number of the spaces on the noble and the first floors and commissioned Domènech to alter the interior layout and decoration of the most noble spaces. Today many of these areas have been refurbished again and Domènech’s designs no longer exist.
Pantheon Font Montaner

Pantheon Font Montaner

Year 1912
Location Cementiri Municipal, Canet de Mar
Promoter Ramon Font Torres

Shipowner Font Torres, Lluís Domènech’s uncle, commissions a family mausoleum in Canet de Mar cemetery. The detached burial vault is Neo-mediaeval in style with Art Nouveau elements. The dome is covered in ceramic trencadís, or broken-tile mosaic, and the interior is also profusely decorated. It is still used today as a burial chamber.
Joan Maragall Monument

Joan Maragall Monument

Year 1913
Location Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona
Promoter Recol·lecta la Il·lustració Catalana

The committee responsible for raising funds through La Il·lustració Catalana to build a small monument to Joan Maragall as a representive of Catalan culture commissions the design from Domènech. Most of such monuments were made in collaboration between prestigious sculptors and architects. The sculpture of Maragall is by Eusebi Arnau, while Domènech designed an austere pedestal in the shape of an Ionic column with a fluted shaft. The sculpture still stands in La Ciutadella Park.
Cooperative winery in l’Espluga de Francolí

Cooperative winery in l’Espluga de Francolí

Year 1913-14
Location Avda. Josep M. Rendé, 5, L’Espluga de Francolí
Promoter Josep M. Rendé

Josep M. Rendé, promoter of agrarian cooperatives in Conca de Barberà, commissions a building to house a cooperative farim in L’Espluga de Francolí. It is unclear whether the design was by Domènech or his son Pere Domènech Roura.
Design of the Exposition of Electrical Industries

Design of the Exposition of Electrical Industries

Year 1915
Location Montjuïch, Barcelona
Promoter Ajuntament de Barcelona

Barcelona City Council commissions Domènech and Manuel Vega i March the development of the upper area of Montjuïc mountain to accommodate the Exposition of Electrcal Industries that was to be held in 1917. The initial design of the new exhibition had been endorsed by Puig i Cadafalch in 1905, and in 1915 Domènech finally presented a preliminary design for the development of the mountain which divided the area into three sections that would be designed by different teams of architects. The only section that was eventually developed was the one designed by Puig i Cadafalch. The idea was pursued again during the Primo de Rivera dictatorship, when the name of the exhibition was changed to that International Exposition and the event was made more ‘Spanish’.

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