The former factories of Can Felipa and Can Ricart
The industrial architecture in Poblenou has been put to new uses adapted to the needs of today. Many of the old factories that people can find in Barcelona have been remodelled in order to house new activities. This is the case of Can Felipa and Can Ricart.
As we near Can Felipa, on Carrer Pallars, will be captivated by a building that is more reminiscent of a Parisian residential block, with its mansard roof and large windows on the façade, than a former textile factory dating from 1855. It is currently the home of a community centre, which runs a whole host of activities, as well as the local archive, the Arxiu Històric del Poblenou. It even has a theatre in the roof space.
The former factory of Can Ricart, which was built between 1852 and 1855, rises up majestically next to the Eix de Pere IV. Can Ricart was an important textile mill that manufactured printed fabrics. Today, the central section of the building, the adjacent tower and an area now used as studios by artists in residence are the surviving parts of the original building.
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