What to see in Mallorca? Modernist buildings
Most of the Mallorcan modernist buildings follow the Catalan modernism trend.
The Gran Hotel
Perhaps it is the most amazing modernist building of Palma. Located in Plaza Weyler, it was built in 1903 by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Grand Hotel was the most luxurious in Spain, until the inauguration of the Ritz (Madrid) in 1910. Innovations and luxuries include elevator, steam heating, running water and electricity.
The House Can Forteza Rey
It remembers us to Casa Batlló in Barcelona (Gaudi’s building). His promoter was José Forteza-Rey who worked as a goldsmith of the cathedral at the same time that Gaudí made the reform (1904-1914).
The history of the building is quite curious: José Forteza Rey built the building for his sons: a pharmacy on the ground floor, a dental clinic on the first floor and the rest as a private residence. The mezzanine was his own house.
It emphasizes the decorative treatment, the polychrome ceramics of the Mallorcan factory “La Roqueta” and the monstrous or rather painful and suffering face, flanked by two winged dragons located on the second floor and above, the dentist sign “Dental clinic I. F. Rey “, efficent and artistic publicity, associating evil with the remedy.
The Águila Building
Nearby the house Forteza Rey, we found the building: l’Àguila. It was built in 1908 by the architect Gaspar Bennazar, popularly known as “S’Arquitecte”, among his works also stand out S’Escorxador and the Paseo Sagrera.
The Àguila used as a shopping centre, and nowadays, it is a boutique hotel.
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