Some people say that the Casa Lleó Morera is a family-size version of the Palau de la Música. Although the Palau is considered the epitome of modernista architecture due to its elaborate decorative elements, the artistic splendour of this house is also beyond dispute. Both landmarks were designed by the brilliant architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner.
The Casa Lleó Morera stands on the southern corner of the block known as the "mansana de la discòrdia" (block of discord), where the Casa Amatller, by Puig i Cadafalch, and the Casa Batlló, by Antoni Gaudí, are also located. The locals gave this prime property in the heart of the Eixample the name due to the disparate styles of the three outstanding buildings. Today, everyone agrees that it is this disparity which makes one of Barcelona’s major modernista landmarks great.
In 1905, the Lleó Morera family commissioned the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner to totally refurbish their home which had stood on the Passeig de Gràcia since 1864. The creative endeavours of a considerable number of artists and artisans, who worked closely together under the supervision of the architect, resulted in an ensemble of outstanding quality. The sculptors Eusebi Arnau and Alfons Juyol, the stained-glass artists Rigalt and Granell, and the mosaicists Mario Maragliano and Lluís Bru were just some of the people who brought their creative talents to the project. Although the building is not open to visitors, you can admire the original period furniture from the family dining room, which is preserved intact at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC), on Montjuïc.
How to get there: Metro L2, L3 and L4, stop Passeig de Gràcia. | Bus 7, 16, 17, 22, 24 and 28. | Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Casa Batlló-Fundació Antoni Tàpies.