Sunday, January 20, 2013

Commercial Courtyards II- Gaviria Palace

At 9 Arenal street there is another commercial courtyard, in this case reconverted from the Casa Gaviria Marquis Palace.
In 1846-1851, Anibal Alvarez Bouquel design a Renaissance style Italian Palace.
The rooms used to receive light and ventilation of the inner courtyard, which was been transformed over the centuries by its different owners.

Glazed galleries were created and the distribution was changed to host small shops.
The courtyard is a rectangle, structured with three arches in the smaller side and four in the large one.
The gallery is closed with an iron railing and stained glass pattern of the late nineteenth century.

This gallery was used as circulation between rooms, the main staircase and the servants rooms. The building has had different usages: shops, clubs ...

Nowadays is almost forgotten except for a few gold pawn shops.

Arches Decoration

The courtyard can be visited during regular business hours. Its entrance is on the right of the stairs.

Arenal street façade

For more information:

-Guia de Aquitectura: Tomo I. Coam
-Palacios de Madrid: Tomo I. Ramón Guerra de la Vega

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