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The determination of this project is to become the largest digital collection about Catalan architecture; a key tool of exemplar information and documentation about architecture, which turns into a local and international referent, for the way to explain and show the architectural heritage of a territory.

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2019-2023 Ramon Faura Carolina B. Garcia Francesc Rafat Antoni López Daufí Joan Falgueras Anton Pàmies Mercè Bosch Josep Ferrando Fernando Marzá Aureli Mora Omar Ornaque

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2019-2023 Lluis Andreu Sergi Ballester Helena Cepeda Inès Martinel Maria Jesús Quintero

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Traditional farmhouse within the different types of the Danés i Torras scheme, with a gabled roof and a small eaves visor on the façade.

The date of its construction is not documented, but of the two dates on the façade, on the windowsills of the first floor, the oldest corresponds to 1622 and the other to 1700 and could be from a later remodeling. In the centre, on the balcony lintel there is the name: "Antoni Solé". This name remained even when it was already in Mr. Güell's possession; it was called Can Soler de la Torre.

The entire colony is built on the land that belonged to the inheritance of the farmhouse. In 1914, A. Gaudí completely decorated it without disfiguring its structure or external appearance. The chapel is on the right side of the house and next to it we can find the facilities and storerooms with a dry cistern where there is a stone sculpture in the shape of the sun called "el Soley" which looks like an old sundial, although its location is dubious, as it is in the shade practically all day.

El Soley

Curious sun-shaped sculpture that has been always associated with the Masia de Can Güell, but of which there is no further reference. In principle, the fact of having a hole where the mouth would be, makes you think of a sundial. In this case the current location would not be this one, because it is in the shadow. One could also venture a kind of improvised badge-coat of arms of the initial owner who was called, as it reads on the façade of the farmhouse, Antoni Solé, who gave the house its name, to such an extent that when the estate was owned by A. Güell was still called Can Soler de la Torre.

The municipality of Santa Coloma de Cervelló has traditionally been an agricultural area. Industrialisation did not reach it until Eusebi Güell installed the textile colony on the land he owned. That is why in the area there are quite a few farmhouses and stately country houses from the Middle Ages.

This is one of the most well-known. Originally called Can Soler de la Torre, it passed into the hands of the Güells at the beginning of the 19th century; however, it kept its old name until the cotton fabric factory was installed there, when identification with the colony, it began to be called Mas Güell.

The only previous references there are the dates on the windowsills (1622 right and 1700 left) and the name engraved on the one in the middle: Antoni Solé.

Source: Inventari del Patrimoni Arquitectònic de Catalunya (IPAC)


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