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Modernism in Mallorca: Can Forteza-Rey

There's no doubting the influence of Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi in many of Mallorca's Modernist

There's no doubting the influence of Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi in many of Mallorca's Modernist, Art Nouveau buildings constructed around the first decade of the 20th Century. Many were
designed by his students, friends or fellow Catalans but there's a possibility that the man himself may have had a hand in the design of Can Forteza-Rey in Palma city centre.

Completed in 1909, this five storey apartment block was ostensibly the work of just one man, its owner Lluís Forteza-Rey, who also designed and developed it. A goldsmith and jeweller by trade,
he was heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau movement which shows in his jewellery and construction designs.

The facade of the building is distinctly Catalan in its style and decor featuring botanical, floral and animal motifs, a grotesque hirsute face flanked by winged dragons and fragmented, irregularly
arranged, multi-coloured tiles known as 'trencadis.' Experts say that Can Forteza-Rey is very much reminiscent of Gaudi's Casa Batlló and Parque Güell in Barcelona.

The rumour and speculation that Gaudi may have personally leant some of his own ideas to the project is fuelled by the fact that Forteza-Rey's father, Josep, was the goldsmith of Palma Cathedral at
the time that Gaudi was involved in some restoration works including a new altar canopy, and could well have asked for advice, ideas and opinions on the design of the new building.

Can Forteza-Rey is on the corner of the Plaza Marques del Palmer (near the Plaza Mayor) and its ground floor houses the Cappuccino take away and my wife's favourite shoe shop! You can't miss it.