Park Guell at the north end of Barcelona high on a hill was Gaudi’s home until he started the project of Sagrada Familia. One of Gaudi’s biggest fans and best patron was Eusebi Guell. This wealthy entrepreneur who would have been richer than Bill Gates in todays dollars entrusted Gaudi with planning an estate for 60 residences on the model of British residential estates (hence the name Park Guell). The project had many roadblocks and was abandoned for the most part by 1914. Instead it was turned into a public park. Both Guell and Gaudi had homes there and Gaudi created an number of structures to enhance the aesthetics of the park. To start it all Guell commissioned Gaudi to remodel at palace for his family including 10 children close to the Rambla. This was Gaudi’s first great project. While Guell was not really involved in this project, another that did manage to be completed has been described as a petrified wave. It is Casa Mila (now called La Pedrera) built 1906-1912. Gaudi was a trained architect though when he graduated the dean said of him, “he’ll either be a madman or a genius.” This reclusive master left an indelible mark on the city of Barcelona and art movements to come after him.
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Great photos I remember this so well.