A HISTORY-FILLED TOUR OF THE LLEÓ MORERA HOUSE
Andrea Alés - October, 01, 2020

One of the first things you should know before coming to Barcelona is that the spirit of modernist architecture can be felt on every corner. And in the so-called "Manzana de la discordia", where we also find buildings such as Casa Amatller by Puig i Cadafalch, and Casa Batlló by Antonio Gaudí, we come across the artistic splendor of Casa Lleo Morera on Passeig de Gracia.

The modernist spectacularity of this work has gone unnoticed over the years. Located in one of the southern corners of the avenue, we find one of the masterpieces of the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner (also architect of the Hotel España, the Hospital de Sant Pau and the Palau de la Música in Barcelona). Discover with us this modernist jewel that will surprise any lover of architecture.

The Casa Lleó Morera is a building that begins to fascinate us from its characteristic stone facade. The details in the form of lions as an allusion to the surnames of the Lleó family or the sculptures of family portraits denote a clear admiration for the lineage. Looking for the geometric forms and the asymmetry that so much characterize this artistic period, we find the balance between the sides of the building and its circular balcony. An ecstatic view that is only an appetizer of what we will find inside.

When we cross the door we are surprised by the explosion of forms and colors of the hall, where we appreciate the exquisite taste of Francesca Morera i Ortiz and her son Albert Lleó i Morera when they shaped their home in 1906. Ceiling, doors, windows, walls, floor... each and every one of the rooms in this home, without exception, are a clear representation of modernism in its purest state.

The entrance and the corridor are the faithful reflection of one of the saddest stories the family can tell: the death of their second son when he was still a baby. The sculptural reliefs of the Catalan songbook The Mother of the Child King capture us, filling the atmosphere with a certain sadness.

Its main hallway reveals the wonder that is to come, and is that the arrival at the main hall leaves us speechless when we find ourselves facing its imposing mosaic. A picture taken from the tree of life that illuminates the entire room creating a wonderful play of colors and shapes. This work of Lluis Brú and Mario Maragaliano can be admired from the interior patio, from where we can let ourselves fall in love with its spectacular beauty with much calm.

After an hour's visit that has flown by amidst so much architectural beauty, we say goodbye by getting to know a little more of the history of this emblematic building that does not leave any admirer of art and architecture indifferent.

Although it is currently closed for remodeling, you will be able to appreciate its façade, only 8 minutes walk from The Passage and take a virtual tour on its official website

Passeig de Gràcia, 35, 08007 Barcelona

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