Restoration and refurbishing of the Gran Hotel

Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Mallorca Island.
Special mention / Diploma in the category Conservation in the year 1996.

Dating of the building: 1902.

Applicant: La Caixa Foundation.

Reason for the award :

For the restoration of one of the finest examples of Balearic modernism.

The Gran Hotel is one of the best examples of modernist architecture in Mallorca. Its restoration has transformed it into a modern Cultural Centre.

The inauguration in 1902 of the Gran Hotel de Palma was a social event in Mallorca. The building, one of the best examples of modernist architecture on the island, was built by Lluís Domènec i Montaner, author of the Palau de la Música in Barcelona and one of the prominent European representatives of this style. The luxury hotel lived its moments of glory until the outbreak of the Civil War when it became an officers’ residence. Later, it served as offices for the National Social Security Institute, before becoming the Court House. The result was that the property was considerably deteriorated and suffered severe damage. La Caixa decided to purchase it in 1987 to restore and rehabilitate it as a cultural centre. For this purpose, the neo-Gothic decorative elements on the windows and balconies were restored, and the serigraphs on the upper floor were cleaned. However, the variegated decoration of some of the rooms had to be disposed of and converted into modern showrooms.

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