Built between 1898 and 1900 by the well-known architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch for chocolatier Antoni Amatller, it stands out as one of the most iconic buildings in Barcelona.
The house was designed with a unique combination of Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau elements. The exterior façade features intricate detailing such as sculpted figures and floral motifs that are typical to Catalan modernism. A large stone stairway leads up to the main entrance, which is crowned by an impressive stained-glass window from Joan Vidal i Ventosa depicting Saint George slaying the dragon – an allusion to Catalonia’s patron saint.
Inside, visitors can admire some original furniture pieces from the period, such as chairs made of iron rods decorated with leather cushions; tables made of wood and wrought iron; or mirrors framed with carved wood panels featuring dragon motifs similar to those found outside on the staircase balustrade.
In addition to its remarkable architecture, this building also holds historical significance due to its connection with renowned Catalonian artist Ramon Casas who lived there during his early years in Barcelona when he worked closely together with Antoni Gaudí at La Pedrera (Casa Milà). His studio was located inside what is now known as “La Galeria del Arte” where he painted many portraits including one of Amatller himself dressed in traditional clothing while standing next to his wife – both portrayed against a backdrop landscape inspired by Puig I Cadafalch’s work at Park Güell.
Today, Amatller House has been converted into a museum dedicated not only showcasing works related directly or indirectly linked to Casas but also hosting temporary exhibitions throughout the year focusing on other aspects related to art history such as photography or sculpture among others.