Gaudí's Ankle Boots House

Gaudí's Ankle Boots House
Gaudí's Ankle Boots House
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Most of the work of the architect Antoni Gaudí is distributed throughout Catalonia, and especially in the city ofBarcelona, where without a doubt the masterpieces of this genius of Modernism.

But there are also three other works scattered around other parts of Spain. Specifically, they are El Capricho de Comillas, located in the Cantabrian town of the same name, and then there are two of their buildings in the province of León. One would be the Episcopal Palace of Astorga, and the other is the Casa Botines located in the same historic center of the city of León.

Facade of Casa Botines in León

Facade of Casa Botines in León

It was a work that he designed and built between 1891 and 1894, for a business company that wanted to have both its commercial warehouse here, as well as offices. All this on the ground floor. While the upper floors would be dedicated to housing. Although, at present, the building is owned by a bank, which by the way carried out an interesting and award-winning restoration at the end of the 20th century.

However, its promoters were originally more linked to the textile business and had contacts withEusebi Güell, the famous businessman who initially commissioned Gaudí to build Colonia Güell and later Park Güell. Well, it was this industrialwho recommended hiring Gaudí to his Leonese friends.

In the case of the Casa Botines de León, Gaudí conceived a modernist building but an appearance related to the Neo-Gothic style. All this made with stone, worked in a padded way on its external aspect. By the way, in that outer volume the four cylindrical towers on the corners stand out, which look like a fortress, which even does not lack a moat.

Everything has that medieval look. From the different lobed arches of the façade to the sculpture of Saint George and the Dragon over the main door. A work made by the sculptor Llorenç Matamala.

Saint George and the Dragon at Casa Botines

Saint George and the Dragon at Casa Botines

Today, that sculpture is not the original, but a replica. It is a very curious story, since in 1950 it was decided to replace the sculpture with a figure of the Virgen del Camino. However, when it was disassembled, a tube containing valuable documents appeared inside, from the plans signed by Gaudí to the construction contracts or news in the local newspapers. So it was decided to put that image back, although a replica had to be made.

Regarding the interior, it is very important to see the innovative capacity of Gaudí, since on the ground floor and the semi-basement he was several decades ahead of the loft concept, since he created an open space, without walls, and supporting all structure with 28 iron pillarscast.

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