La Casa de les Altures

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La Casa de les Altures

Built in the late 19th century as a residence for the manager of the Sociedad General de Aguas municipal water company, the building was soon commonly referred to as Casa de les Altures [the Heights] as it was located very near the company’s pumping station for the water tanks further uphill. It has been the headquarters of the Horta-Guinardó district for the last 25 years.

An area devoted to water

The Guinardó neighbourhood and the Casa de les Altures grounds are two areas that are inextricably linked to water. The house was built in the Neo-Mudejar style around 1870 by building master Enric Figueres, on land that had been occupied by the Sociedad General de Aguas in the 19th century.

Initially designed as the residence for the company’s manager, Nicolau Regúlez Chevalier, Casa de les Altures soon became a meeting point and a reception venue for the company. An idyllic space full of vegetation in the style of the gardens of Granada was designed around it, with orchards and nurseries, and water as another predominant feature.

District Council offices

When the City Council took over Casa de les Altures in 1984, the architect Víctor Argentí restored the building with a design that was awarded FAD Architecture Prize in 1990 for the best restoration project.

The house, which is named after the nearby water pumping stations, has been the Horta-Guinardó district headquarters since then.

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