The Palau del Baró de Quadras as we know it today, was created from a great renovation of a previous building. This reform, which literally transformed it into a new building, was carried out by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch and took place between 1904 and 1906.
The building is located in the so-called Quadrat d'Or (golden square), an area of the Eixample that receives that name because it contains many important modernist buildings: Casa Milà - La Pedrera, Casa Batlló, Casa Calvet , Casa Amatller, Casa de les Punxes and Casa Lleó i Morera.
One of the main characteristics of the Palau del Baró de Quadras is that it has two facades, one on Avenida Diagonal 373 and the other one on Calle Roselló 279. The facade of Avenida Diagonal is neo-Gothic style and reminds of the Gothic palaces of north Europe. Highlights are the sculptures made by Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Juyol in the form of busts of medieval or Renaissance characters, the flowers and heraldic shields, and the attic of the upper floor. The facade of the Rosselló street is of "Sezession viennes" style, and preserves remains of the old building, of modernist style.
The interior of this building is modernist (very eclectic) and you can also appreciate the influence of the Neo-Gothic style of the grand staircase or the wrought iron entrance door. Neo-Arab style details are also seen in the mosaic, serigraphs or polychrome wood.
Since 2013 the building is the headquarters of the Institut Ramon Llull. You can visit the interior of the Palau del Baró de Quadras by reserving a place on the guided tour.
Where is it?
How to get there
Metro: L3 / L5 Diagonal
Bus: V15, V17, H10, H8, 7, 22, 24, 6, 33, 34 and Tourist Bus (blue and red routes, bus stop Passeig de Gràcia - La Pedrera)
FGC: Provença - La Pedrera