After acquiring the building and with the utmost rigor and sensitivity, we have carried out a comprehensive renovation of the former San Severo Hospital, a 15th-century construction that houses a Gothic cloister and an old church, and still preserves its Renaissance façade as well as innumerable elements of cultural interest.
Was founded by Mosén Jaume Aldomar under the invocation of San Severo -one of the patrons of the diocese of Barcelona- and destined to the care of the sick clergy of the Barcelona bishopric.
The institution lasted until 1925, year in which the administrators decided to abandon the building on Palla street, which no longer met the necessary conditions for the purpose for which it had been destined. After the Spanish Civil War, the space was progressively adapted to residential and commercial uses, such as the Agustín Mendoza antiquarian shop -one of the most renowned antique dealers in Barcelona’s postwar-. In the 1950s the property passed into private hands.
The oldest part of the Renaissance-style façade dates from 1562, as it appears engraved in the stone next to the inscription Hospitale Sacerdotum Sancti Severi.
It was decorated with a niche in the shape of a serliana (semicircular arch and two lintelled openings) that constitutes one of the few examples of this Renaissance-specific resource that existed in Barcelona.
In this niche a sculpture of San Severo and two prayers were placed by Pere Oller (an artist documented between 1395 and 1442). The latter are currently in the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.
After multiple reforms, the hospital complex included the cells and refectory, a church with its sacristy and crypt, and a small Gothic cloister. On the altar there was a large altarpiece made in 1541 by the Portuguese painters Pere Nunyes and Enrique Fernández, currently in the Diocesan Museum of Barcelona.
We have carried out a vast work of preservation, including the church, the side chapels, the choir and the sacristy.
We have recovered the original volume, where the main nave of the church was, generating space for commercial premises with an impressive four-meter ceiling height.
The cloister is one of the most unique and differentiating spaces in the building. It has a homogeneous structure, with semicircular arch galleries on all floors, supported by square-section pillars with a molding as a capital. One of the facades of this courtyard, finished in stone, corresponds to the side façade of the old church.
The upper floors have been dedicated to high-end apartments overlooking either Palla street or the cloister, each of these two visions with its own magic: the movement of a quiet street in the Gothic Quarter, or the charm of a patio that breathe calm and history.
“As culmination of this development, we have built a unique rooftop where occupiers of this unique property can relax and enjoy the captivating views of the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Basilica of Santa María del Pi, the Church of San Felipe Neri. Undoubtedly, a great attraction for those looking to live in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.”