Plaça de Catalunya

View of Plaça de Catalunya in about 1874.

The largest building that can be seen is the Gibert House, designed by Josep Oriol Mestres. It remained between 1860 and 1894.

After the construction of the Gibert House, the first one built outside the walls, the central Eixample began to take on the character of a quality residential area. During the 1870s, Plaça de Catalunya a remained somewhat marginal area, but after the following decade it began to fill up with establishments designed for leisure and social activities, such as the La Pajarera Cafe and the Alegria Circus, which gave this urban space a special character. At the end of the century, the square was reorganized and turned into a garden area.

Image: © Photographic Archive of Barcelona. Author: Joan Martí (1874).