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Located in the Eixample district, the Jeroni Francesc Granell House is a building between partitions that is located on the block of houses bounded by Girona, Mallorca, Bailèn and València Streets. It has a single exterior façade facing Girona Street, from where the main access takes place, and an interior façade facing the courtyard of the block.
With a rectangular plan, the vertical structure of this neighbour's house includes a ground floor with a semi-basement and mezzanine, five floors and a passable roof. The main entrance gives way to a long hall area which gives way to the neighbours’ staircase and the rear courtyard of the building.
The façade structures its openings in four vertical axes of regular rhythm, forming an axial composition around a central body formed by two axes of paired windows and two lateral bodies formed by a line of simple balconies. The ground floor, which also includes a semi-basement and mezzanine, is configured as a Montjuïc stone basement. The main access to the estate is at the southern end of the façade, closed by a solid oak door and a coloured stained glass overdoor. The openings of this plinth have their jambs, sills and lintels surrounded by a sinuous moulding.
From the first floor, the central body of the façade is covered with green and pink sgraffitos, drawing complex and varied plant motifs based on five-pointed leaves. On each of the floors, both the balconies and the paired windows that open onto the street have their stone frames forming sinuous curved decorations moulded on the over-doors. The balconies, which are only located in the two bodies that vertically flank the façade, have rectangular stone slabs with rounded corners and a wrought iron railing. Each of these openings has its original closures, consisting of windows decorated with stained glass and pink porticos. The cornice, consisting of a double moulding of work containing small quadrangular breathers, stands out for its curved shape. All in all, this façade is a compendium of various ornamental solutions typical of modernism inspired by flowers and rockery.
The lobby is the space that gives access to the property and distributes its various horizontal properties. It is accessed through the main door vestibule, an elongated space of rectangular plan with marble floors and gilt marble-clad handrails and green glazed ceramic stems. A sgraffito decoration based on floral borders in the form of interlaced Hispanic irises appears on these wainscots. The lobby ceilings stand out for their decoration in polychrome stucco, based on floral prints and bouquets of Hispanic irises and peacock feathers. The staircase that leads to the mezzanine is at the back of this hall, where the cellar containing the neighbours' staircase and the elevator is located, profusely ornamented with sgraffitos.
This building was designed by Jeroni Francesc Granell i Manresa in 1901 and was completed in 1903. The architect conceived his own house as a multi-family property that allowed him to extract income by applying rental regimes. Apparently, Granell was not only the owner and architect of the building, but also the builder and supplier of the stained-glass windows that decorate the openings, through his company Rigalt i Granell.