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Casa San Sever | Palla 19 | Barcelona

Former Hospital San Sever. A construction from the 15th century with a Gothic cloister and an old church that still preserves its Renaissance-style façade, as well as innumerable elements of heritage interest. A very careful intervention was carried out with the aim of transforming it into a building packed with historical elements, with 21 homes and commercial premises on the ground floor.

Casa San Sever | Palla 19 | Barcelona

Former Hospital San Sever. A construction from the 15th century with a Gothic cloister and an old church that still preserves its Renaissance-style façade, as well as innumerable elements of heritage interest. A very careful intervention was carried out with the aim of transforming it into a building packed with historical elements, with 21 homes and commercial premises on the ground floor.

After acquiring the building and with the utmost thoroughness and sensitivity, we have carried out the comprehensive remodelling of the old San Severo Hospital, a 15th-century construction that houses a Gothic cloister and an old church inside, still retaining its Renaissance-style façade, as well as innumerable elements of cultural interest.

 

The Hospital was founded in 1412 by Mosén Jaume Aldomar

 

It was founded by Mosén Jaume Aldomar under the invocation of San Severo – one of the patron saints of the diocese of Barcelona-, and dedicated to the care of the sick clergy of the Barcelona bishopric.

 

The institution lasted until 1925, the year in which the administrators decided to abandon the building on Calle de la Palla, which no longer met the conditions required for the purpose for which it had been intended. After the Civil War, the space was progressively adapted to residential and commercial uses, such as the shop of the antique dealer Agustín Mendoza -one of the main post-war antique dealers in Barcelona – until in the 1950s the Church detached itself from the building whose ownership passed into private hands.

The oldest part of the Renaissance-style façade dates back to 1562, as engraved on the stone alongside the inscription Hospitale Sacerdotum Sancti Severi.

 

It was decorated with a serliana-shaped niche (circular arch and two lintelled openings) which is one of the few examples of this Renaissance-style resource to be found in Barcelona.

 

A sculpture of San Severo and two praying figures carried out by Pere Oller (an artists documented between 1395 and 1442) were placed in this niche. The latter are currently to be found in the Museo Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.

 

After multiple remodelling works, the hospital complex included the cells and the refectory, a church with its sacristy and its 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.

The entire breadth of the space has been preserved, the church, the side chapels, the choir stall and the sacristy.

We have recovered the original volume, resulting in a room more than four metres high in what used to be the main nave of the church.

 

The cloister is one of the most unique, differentiating spaces in the building; It has a homogeneous structure, with semicircular arch galleries on all floors, supported by square-section pillars with a capital-style moulding. One of the façades of this courtyard, finished in stone, pertains to the lateral façade of the old church.

 

On the upper floors of the building, a distribution of dwellings has been carried out which look out onto either Calle de la Palla or the courtyard-cloister, with each space having its own specific magic: the movement of a quiet street in the Gothic Quarter or the charm of a courtyard that breathes calm.

 

“For the enjoyment of the users of this unique, captivating estate, we have as the culmination a solarium terrace on the roof, with beautiful views over the Cathedral of Barcelona, the Basilica of Santa María del Pi, the Church of San Felipe Neri and the rest of the rooftops and terraces of the Gothic of Barcelona, without a shadow of a doubt a great attraction for those who seek to reside in the historic quarter of the city.”