Popularly known as El Xalet, this building in l’Eixample Esquerra (Left Eixample) was built in the modernist style between 1900 and 1901 by Joan Rubió i Bellvé, who was a protégé of Gaudí, with whom he restored the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. The house was the result of a commission given to the architect by a dealer in exotic woods, Macari Golferichs, who gave Rubió i Bellvé everything he needed to carry out his first solo project. The result was a beautiful little palace that housed a religious college after the Civil War. In the 1980’s, under pressure from neighbouring residents, the builder who purchased it handed it over to the city. Today it is a civic centre open to the public for visits.
Address: Gran Via, 491.
Metro: L1 Rocafort or Urgell.