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A modernist jewel built in 1906

The architect Pere Falqués i Urpí designed the Palauet building in the Jardinets de Gràcia, an exponent of classical modernism. Highlights include sgraffito butterflies and clovers, sinuous balconies with wrought iron bars, 57 cataloged ceilings, an impressive chandelier with mirrors and other century-old lamps, as well as a vintage elevator.

El Palauet is a modernist building located at 113 Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona. Its history contains a true love story that was never revealed. It was designed by architect Pere Falqués i Urpí and completed in 1906, the same year he designed the streetlights on Paseo de Gracia known as Bancs-Fanals Previously known as Casa Bonaventura Ferrer, the building was named in honor of its prestigious owners.

At that time, families were often large and had a hierarchical structure, with the father/grandfather as the head of the family and primary provider. Jose Matheu Mercader, the father of the family in question, was one of the most representative families in the textile sector, renowned merchants of the city, and belonged to the well-known and respected Catalan bourgeoisie. He and his wife used to stroll frequently along Paseo de Gracia, the birthplace of luxury shopping, from high-end couture boutiques to world-renowned fashion brands. This traditional avenue culminated at the pinnacle of Paseo de Gracia with Avenida Diagonal, right in front of the current Palauet, where Doña Buenaventura Ferrer would stop to admire the majestic architectural facade. Silently daydreaming, she imagined herself atop the modernist balconies, admiring the best views of the city.

One day, Josep Matheu protagonized one of the most romantic and anonymous acts of love, whose story was revealed in a hidden parchment within the building in the form of poetry. Don José bought the admired building to gift it to his wife and named it "Casa Bonaventura Ferrer" in honor of the immense love he felt for his wife. From that moment, the couple moved into the prestigious building with their three sons: Josep, Magín, and Joan Matheu y Ferrer. Their social position escalated to the next level as their commercial activities projected them onto the international stage. The family renovated half of the building into 6 exclusive and majestic Royal Suites: one for each family member, and a sixth, the 1906 Suite, became an intimate family space where they hosted clients who traveled to the city to purchase their exclusive fabrics and textiles.

They turned the building into a dream palace, with huge spaces like exhibition halls for merchants, hundreds of scents and unique architectural pieces, mirrors and stained-glass windows that mesmerize, and countless secret corners with love stories never revealed.