Casa MilÓ (La Pedrera)

Location: Barcelona, Eixample district
Architect: Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet

photo of Casa MilÓ (La Pedrera) by Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet

Casa MilÓ, better known as La Pedrera (Catalan for 'The Quarry'), was built during the years 1906ľ1910, being considered officially completed in 1912. It is located at 92, Passeig de GrÓcia in the Eixample district.

It was built for the married couple, Rosario Segimon and Pere MilÓ. Rosario Segimon was the wealthy widow of JosÚ Guardiola, an Indiano, a term applied locally to the Catalans returning from the American colonies with tremendous wealth. Her second husband, Pere MilÓ, was a developer who was criticized for his flamboyant lifestyle.

The design by Gaudi was not followed in some aspects. The local government objected to some aspects of the project, fined the owners for many infractions of building codes, ordered the demolition of aspects exceeding the height standard for the city, and refused to approve the installation of a huge sculpture atop the building.

Casa MilÓ was in poor condition in the early 1980s. It had been painted a dreary brown and many of its interior color schemes had been abandoned or allowed to deteriorate, but it has been restored and many of the original colors revived. The building is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site 'Works of Antoni GaudÝ' and it is owned by Caixa Catalunya.

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Antoni GaudÝ i Cornet, modernist art, architecture