What the Eixample might have looked like

The Rovira i Trias plan for the Eixample | Photo: Tom Walton

If you are familiar with Barcelona, on the map above you should be able to pick out the Ramblas (bottom left) and an oddly shaped Plaza Catalunya, (middle left) — but the rest, particularly the Eixample, will all look strangely cock-eyed.

That's because we're not looking at the Eixample as it now is, as the Plan Cerdà laid it out in the 1860's but, instead, the original and slightly earlier Rovira i Trias design (1859). The Madrid government imposed the former and the streets of the Eixample all got lined up "properly".

The map — and a statue of the architect, who also designed the Mercado del Born and was the father of the Barcelona Fire Brigade — is to be found in the Plaça Rovira i Trias [map], not in the Eixample but in the district of Gracia.

Like his plan, Rovira i Trias got banished to a quieter corner of the city…

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  1. Rovira i Trias was actually responsible for the plan for the development of the mini-district around the square, and lived in Rabassa, where he set up the Barcelona School of Architecture.

    The names of the three capitalists in the scheme are immortalised in the streets Torrente (Flores), Massens and Rabassa, and their three wives in c/ de las Tres Señoras. Allegedly.

    Rovira i Trias is connected directly with the medieval city centre via a mine shaft behind one of the corner houses in the square. Allegedly.

    This and more useless crap available via Baldie Inc, as always.

  2. Nunca había visto el proyecto de Rovira i Trias. Me ha parecido muy interesante.

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