This rather unique building was built by investor Javier González Longoria as a family residence and offices for his bank headquarters.
It is the work of José Grases Riera, who between 1902 and 1904 built it as an example of the modernist movement in Madrid. It is composed of two rectangular bodies joined by a circular tower with an imperial staircase that is crowned with an impressive iron and glass dome.
The façade is formed by a porticoed gallery on supports in the shape of palm trees with semicircular pavilions at the ends. The exterior elevation is set back to allow light to enter the basements.
In 1912, the building was sold and reformed by Spanish architect García Nava. In 1950, the Sociedad General de Autores bought the building and commissioned a radical transformation. In 1990, the restoration of the façade and the total rehabilitation of the interiors were undertaken by architect Santiago Fajardo.
Know Before You Go
Metro stop Alonso Martinez is the closest to this building