The First House Antoni Gaudí Ever Designed Will Soon Become a Public Museum; Kirstin Fawcett; Mental Floss


Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

When Antoni Gaudí was 31, he designed his first house: a vividly colored, Eastern-inspired residence in Barcelona called Casa Vicens, which was completed in the late 1880s. Originally a summer residence for tile manufacturer Manuel Vicens i Montaner, the home was privately owned for over a century. Now, Hyperallergic reports that the four-story structure will be opened to the public for the first time ever this October, as a cultural center dedicated to the famed Catalan architect.

Casa Vicens was sold in 1899 to a clan called the Jover family. They owned the house until 2007, and Italian family bank MoraBanc purchased it seven years later, intending to open it to visitors.

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