photo of Palau del Baró de Quadras (Casa Asia) by Josep Puig i Cadafalch in Barcelona, Eixample district

Palau del Baró de Quadras (Casa Asia)

 Barcelona, Eixample district

 Josep Puig i Cadafalch

The Baró de Quadras commissioned this house in 1900 to build his new home in Barcelona. The building was built in 1904-1906 in a narrow space between two important streets of Barcelona. For this reason, it has two completely different façades.

The main façade on Diagonal Avenue is a mixture of new-gothic and plateresque styles whith a very rich decoration. Intricately carved in silversmithlike detail, the house displays some of the most spectacular Eusebi Arnau sculptures in Barcelona. Look for St. George slaying the dragon, and don't miss the alpine chaletlike windows across the top floor. Casa Àsia, with an excellent library for Asia-related cultural and business research, offers free visits to its main floors and art gallery.

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