Serra House is a small palace which is located in the Eixample district in Barcelona. The exact address is Rambla de Catalunya 126 (on the corner of the street Corcega). Was designed by modernist Catalan architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch in 1903. Today is the residence of deputation of Barcelona, one of the most important autonomous political bodies.
The building was designed as a single-family house inspired by a Renaissance Casa Gralla, which is located on the street Portaferrisa. Casa Serra has the famous facade created by the sculptor Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Juyol. Puig's faithful associate. During his career, he created a variety of busts of many famous artists, such as Cervantes or Wagner. The building also gas features of other architectural styles, for example a medieval tower.
In the past, the palace served as a religious college until the time of Civil War. During this time was used as the health ministry. After, from 1943 till 1969 was re-used as the college until its sale. In the 80s, has been renovated and converted into an administrative building. It preserves the architectural style of Puig y Cadafalch's but some of the rooms have been destroyed because they were not sufficiently functional. The new project was created by architects Frederic de Correa and Alfonso Mila. But the contrast between the two styles has been criticized very much. Although the building is one of the symbols of Barcelona, is added to the collection of the National Cultural Property in 2001 (Bien Cultural de Interés Nacional).
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|Neighbourhood||Antiga Esquerra de l'Eixample (Eixample)|
|Geographical coordinates||41.3954221, 2.1574691|
|Address||08008 Barcelona, Rambla de Cataluña 126|
|Construction dates||1903 - 1903|
|How to arrive?||official transport site|