LAS TRES TORRES: FROM MANSIONS TO FLATS
Les Tres Torres was an area on the outskirts of Sant Gervasi, near the border with the municipality of Sarrià. Between 1901 and 1903, by the initiative of the brothers Romaní and Climent Mas i Soldevila, urbanization on this plot began.
The brothers built three large homes (called “towers”), one for each one of them, hence giving the name to this neighborhood, replacing the previous name, Nena Casas, which was the one used until the beginning of the 20th century.
Between 1906 and 1916, different railway stations were built, first that of Sarrià, and that of Les Planes in 1916.
Over that time, other “towers” and mansions were built, however, as was the case with many of the large homes in this area, were replaced by luxurious apartment buildings in the second half of the 20th century.
Urban typology in the neighborhood can be characterized by a small old town center, and the later modern extensions with taller buildings. The area used to include Casa Rabia, the stadium where the Real Club Deportivo Español used to compete, however, this was eventually demolished, and the land was re-developed with residential buildings.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Santa Teresa School: the earliest plans for this modernist building (built between 1888 and 1889) were by an unknown architect, who left the job in the hands of Antonio Gaudí in 1889. Gaudí could not change the initial plans because the foundations had already been built, but left his signature style in the interiors and on the facades. (Ganduxer 85)
- Casa Muley-Afid: a modernist building commissioned by the Moroccan Sultan Muley Afid and designed by the well-known Catalan architect, Josep Puig I Cadafalch in 1911. (Passeig Bonanova 55)