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Casa de Cultura - El Masnou terra de mar

Casa de Cultura

The construction of this ‘casa d’indians’ (the indians are Catalan emigrants who set sail for Latin America and returned after making their fortunes) represented a stylistic innovation, as it showcases its owner’s love of Islamic architecture, Jaume Sensat i Sanjuan, who lived in Egypt for two years.

The rebuilding project was designed by the well-known master builder Pere Andreu. The outside of the building concentrates its ornamental richness, where the corner viewpoint-platform is especially remarkable, with cusped arches and a roof of ceramic shards.

Jaume Sensat i Sanjuan was from a seafaring family of and commanded his own ship for a decade, until he moved to Buenos Aires, where he made his fortune as a stockbroker.Married to Rosa Pagès i Orta, he returned to Masnou to remodel the summer home, also known as the Villa Rosa. The couple lived most of the year in a flat in a manor owned by Manuel Malagrida i Fontanet (an indià who earned his fortune producing tobacco in Argentina) on Passeig de Gràcia in Barcelona. 

It is now a municipal facility that works as a House of Culture, with exhibition halls and the Tourist Information Office.

Passeig de Prat de la Riba, 16

View facility

Foto 1. Fotografia de la façana. Núria Duran. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.

Foto 2. Fotografia de la façana. Núria Duran. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.

Foto 3. Fotografia interior. Núria Duran. Fons documental: Museu Municipal de Nàutica del Masnou.

Foto en text. Postal del Xalet Villa Rosa. Desconegut. Fons documental: Bloc Una capsa a les golfes de Xarxapitecus.