The Creative Genius of Antonio Gaudi

facade of casa batlo from accross street

by Lou Ann Weeks

Casa Batlo was the home of Josep Batlo in 1903. A wealthy man, intent on "keeping up with the Joneses," he hired Antonio Gaudi to do a complete renovation of his home, and gave him full artistic creativity. Gaudi replaced the original façade with his imagination and ornamental exuberance, definitely outdoing Batlo's neighbors.

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