In the autumn of 1898, Casa Vicens was the scene of an unfortunate incident that was documented by newspapers such as La Publicidad, La Vanguardia, La Campana de Gràcia and others. We can also seek out additional information and inquire into how the neighbours perceived the building, for example. When conducting historical research, direct sources … Read more

Who was Mr Vicens?

Not much is known about Manuel Vicens i Montaner (1836-1895). We know that he was the one who decided to build a new summer home on the property that he inherited from his mother Rosa Montaner Matas in 1877, but little else. Who was this man who lived in Barcelona in the 19th century and … Read more

100 days of Casa Vicens

One hundred days have passed since Casa Vicens opened its doors, and we can attest that we are very satisfied with how the project has been received if we take a careful review. Whilst we made our dreams come true, our suspicions were confirmed: explaining a work by Gaudí rigorously, tactfully and unhurriedly was possible … Read more

Gaudí and his concept of the house

‘The house is the small nation of the family. The family, like the nation, has history, foreign relations, changes of government, etc. The independent family has its own house; what it does not have is a house for rent. The house itself is the native country and the rental house is the land of emigration; … Read more

Who is Montse Moltó? An interview

Montse Moltó (50) forged a career in cultural site management after studying filmmaking. She held positions at the Poble Espanyol, the El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria, and the Museu de Disseny before becoming our head of operations. Detail-oriented and always ready to help, her mission is to make sure your visit to Casa … Read more

Our neighbors in Gràcia

“Extraordinary,” “interesting,” and “different” is how some of the 1,700 residents of Gràcia’s Carrers de les Carolines and d’Aulèstia Pijoan described Casa Vicens during their visit to the house last weekend. At last they had the opportunity to explore the richly detailed interior of a historic building that has always been a special part of … Read more

A new beginning for Casa Vicens

A press release issued last week made it official: the long-awaited inauguration of Casa Vicens is about to take place. As of Thursday, November 16, the doors of the first building Gaudí designed in Barcelona will open to anyone interested in discovering what’s inside. This new beginning for the summer residence Manuel Vicens commissioned the … Read more

What do we know about the history of Casa Vicens?

Antoni Gaudí was only thirty years old when Manel Vicens i Montaner offered him the opportunity to design the new summer residence the trade agent and broker was planning to build for his family. The proposed site was a plot of inherited land owned by Vicens in Vila de Gràcia, an independent suburb of Barcelona … Read more

Gràcias’s modernista buildings (II)

As a follow-up to World Tourism Day, we are posting the second part of our list of modernista buildings in Gràcia, a district that boasts the highest concentration of modernista structures in the world. Barcelona’s modernista heritage has helped make it a prime international tourist destination. Landmark buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí, the undisputed master … Read more