Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes

View of Gran Via at the crossroads with Passeig de Gràcia at the beginning of the 1870s.

As well as Passeig de Gràcia and Rambla de Catalunya, the stretch of Gran Via between Aribau and Passeig de Sant Joan would become one of the most important residential streets in the central Eixample. Gran Via was developed between the University and Plaça d'Espanya in 1886 and most of the residential buildings were constructed between that year and 1890. In the foreground, on the left, part of the wall of the Fine Arts Exhibition Hall, designed in 1868 by the master builder Jeroni Granell and demolished in 1874, can still be seen. On the right, the façade of Palau Samà. In the background, on the other corner with Passeig de Gràcia, the Enric Losada house is on the right and the Josep Munné house on the left.

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