The building was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of the undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows.
Casa Milà was built for the married couple Roser Segimon and Pere Milà. Roser Segimon was the wealthy widow of Josep Guardiola, an Indiano (a term applied to the Spaniards returning from the American colonies with tremendous wealth). Her second husband, Pere Milà, was a developer criticized for his flamboyant lifestyle. Residents of Barcelona joked about his love of money and opulence, wondering if he was not rather more interested in “the widow’s guardiola” that in Catalan means (piggy bank), than in “Guardiola’s widow”.
Address: Casa Milà, Passeig de Gràcia, 92, 08008, Barcelona, Spain.
Metro: Passeig de Gracia. Exit and walk north two blocks. Can’t miss it!
Opening hours: 9 am to 8.30 pm + 9 pm to 11 pm. 365 days a year.