Group of houses on Cárdenas Street

CA4
General sightseeing
Architectural style: Art Nouveau
CA Ranking: 4
Admission: Free
Cárdenas #101, 103, 107, 159 & 161
  • It is unusual in the city to find in such a short stretch so many interesting examples of Art Nouveau constructions. Only recently has the City Historian’s Office begun restoration works on some of the buildings. Although there are several structures here of interest, the houses marked with 101, 103, 107, 159 and 161, which are very similar in their design, carried out by the Catalan architect Mario Rotllant, should be given special attention. These houses feature delightful details, such as side windows shaped as leaves and ornamented with colored glass, exquisite wrought-iron balconies, expressive plaster moldings, and carved woodEN doors with delicate floral motifs.

    
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