Barcelona Photoblog: Casa Rocamora: Renaissance-Gothic-Inspired Art Nouveau

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Casa Rocamora: Renaissance-Gothic-Inspired Art Nouveau

Casa Rocamora: Renaissance-Gothic-Inspired Art Nouveau

Casa Rocamora on the corner of carrer Casp and Passeig de Gracia very near Plaça Catalunya. 

Manuel Rocamora belonged to a Catalan bourgeois family that was prosperous making tallow candles and soaps. He was a collector of art thanks to his mother. The family industry of spark plugs and soaps was called Rocamora y Cia, and owes its growth to trade with the Spanish colonies of Cuba and Puerto Rico. It was founded as such by Marcos Rocamora in 1845. 

At the end of the 19th century Barcelona appears as the great Spanish soap-making center, and all due to the Rocamora family. Its growth is closely linked to trade with the colonies, for this reason the loss of colonial trade meant the bankruptcy of the factory. The factory will close its doors in 1956.

Casa Rocamora, one of the most beautiful representatives of Catalan Art Nouveau with a touch of Renaissance Gothic influence was built by Bonaventura and Joaquim Basegoda in 1914. 

It is not the first time I include this house in Barcelona Photoblog but since the last picture was taken with an old camera which didn't favor the building too much I thought, why not giving it a second chance? Please check my original post: Catalan Modernisme: Casa Rocamora


7 comments:

  1. Beautiful photo! Amazing difference from your first post.

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  2. Belísisma arquitectura. Luminosidade resplandecente.

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  3. Anonymous9:47 PM

    Hola Carlos,
    Me encanta la foto.
    Hay una casa en la calle Valencia, esquina Passeo de Grácia, Se llama Casa de la Viuda Marfán. Nunca la he podido ver con los portales de madera abiertos. La he visto en fotos, pero creo que las tuyas serían mejores.
    Lo intentarás?
    Mil besos
    Monica Salvo

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  4. I love that building, and your photo is wonderful.

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  5. Espectacular arquitectura, penso que passei por lá perto...

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  6. Carlos, WOW! What beautiful light you captured, and how well it showed off this beauty of a building. I have to ask you about your new camera and what lens you used to shoot this. The sharpness and color are wonderful!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  7. -Thanks beantown! Yes my first picture really looked dull. I remember I was pretty satisfied then. That tells me that we can always make it better so it gives me strength to keep trying.
    -Obrigado Quin. Si me gusta sobre todo la luz.
    -Hola Mónica gracias por el comentario y la sugerencia. Lo tendré en cuenta.
    -Muchas gracias Chris. I really appreciate your comment.
    -Seguramente pasaste por la puerta. Me alegra recordarte una parte de Barcelona Daniel.
    -Well Kim, my camera is one year old. It's a Nikon D70s with a 18-70 mm lens.

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