The modernist Iittle palace of Tenor Viñas in Moià – Barcelona

A visit to the house and its romantic garden

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Exclusive modernist mansion built between 1906 and 1908 under the request of the tenor Viñas in Moià, his natal village.

This complex consists of the main house, which is a 606 m2 building distributed along four floors and a curious modernist building of 130 m2 placed in the middle of a beautiful romantic garden which extends for more than 4.000 m2.

The modernist mansion of the Tenor Viñas is for sale for a price of 490,000 €

The Main Facade of the Building

After 20 years of triumphs in the best opera houses in the world, the tenor decided to build this palace by the house of their fathers, under the great church of the village. Used as a residence by the famous opera singer, still it retains some of the furniture and decoration of early and mid-twentieth century.

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The Romantic Garden

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The pavilion of 130 m2, located in the garden, is a two-storey building with a small tower topped by a conical roof. The roofs are covered with glazed tiles and have details of modernist decor. The interior is distributed over 2 floors. On the ground floor are different spaces to rehabilitate, used as a service (laundry and storage) and the 1st floor, by a spiral staircase of iron, we access to the terraces and the tower.

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The Tenor Viñas mansion is ideal for a hotel, residence …

 

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THE MAIN BUILDING

Can Viñas, or “Villa Mercedes” as he baptized the house, is a building with unequivocal modernist influences.

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Consists of semi-basement, a ground flat street Richard Wagner, for a living room, study, kitchen … a second plant for bedrooms, loft with room service and finally a lookout tower with functions skylight of the staircase, which is accessed by an external staircase of iron.

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Looking east, are two terraces: one more on the ground floor, surrounded by a stone balustrade and the other on the first floor, with iron railing.

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The building retains much of the original furniture.

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THE MAIN FLOOR

It has a spacious hall, dining room, living room with access to a large terrace, kitchen, study and guest bathroom.

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All the photos of the report (except the portraits of Tenor Viñas) are courtesy of C.I.C.-Moià.

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THE FIRST FLOOR

In it we find the tenor suite composed of bedroom with fireplace and balcony, dressing room and a bathroom. We also find two double bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

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THE SECOND FLOOR

It has three bedrooms for domestic service, storage room, water tanks and a toilet.

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THE LOWER FLOOR

The lower floor has a living room and a large room, both with access to the porch and garden, a wine cellar, a storeroom and a toilet. It is also accessed from the dining room on the main floor by a staircase.

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THE STAIRCASE

It is accessed from the dining room or from the kitchen. In its first section highlights the windows with shields of the town of Moià and its marble steps. The second tranche is now simpler, as access to the plant domestic service. The third section culminates in the tower with a gateway to the roof.

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HYDRAULIC FLOORS

The hydraulic mosaic paving the floor of several rooms of the palace were manufactured by the Casa Escofet , world leader of  this type of flooring.

Four of them are listed, being the most important for its historical and museum value which covers the 2nd floor bedroom on the first floor.

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This mosaic is composed of 23 different pieces of 15 cm x 15 cm and experts say it is the best that has ever been done on this type of soil. It is a project of the year 1900 by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. It was presented in the catalog of the Casa Escofet  for the Universal Exhibition in Paris.

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No. 1017 Catalogue 6 Escofet House, built in 1900. Project Lluis Domenech i Montaner.

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No. 373 Catalogue 7 Escofet House, 1913. Project architect Bonaventura Bassegoda.

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No. 1016 Catalogue 6 Escofet House, built in 1900. Project architect Josep Vilaseca.

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No. 391 Catalogue 7 Escofet House, 1913.

Data extracted from the book “L’Art del Mosaic Hidràulic a Catalunya” by Jordi Griset.

THE TENOR FRANCESC VIÑAS

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Francisco Viñas and Dordal was born in Moià on March 27, 1863 within a very humble family.

Swayed by his father José Viñas to music, he receives some lessons from him and Mn. Ramon Busquets, then organist Moià.

At seventeen he enrolled at the Conservatoire studying singing with maestro Gonzalo Tintorer. Thanks to its progress obtained a scholarship to abandon manual work and devote himself entirely to music.

On 10 July 1887 he was awarded the suitability “to the lyric-dramatic career at the Conservatorio del Liceo, with the qualification of distinction and the medals of silver and bronze.

He was presented to the public for the first time in the Gran Teatro del Liceo spring of 1888, instructed by the master Goula. He sang the second act of Lohengrin, with great success. From there he went to Valencia and so begins a brilliant career. He also performed at La Scala in Milan with Lohengrin.

Thanks to the interest of the queen Victoria, he sang Cavalleria Rusticana in London, opera directed by the own author, the teacher Mascagni. Later he acted in the Metropolitan Opera House of New York and in the cities of Boston, Philadelphia, San-Louis and Chicago. In 1895 he sang for the first time in the Royal Theatre of Madrid.

From his digest of operas, they distinguish those of Wagner: the excellent performance unveiled him as ” The best Lohengrin of the world “.

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On December 31, 1913, he premiered Parsifal in Barcelona, being the first theatre of the world that was interpreting this work out of Germany.

In 1918, the tenor ended his official performances, after 30 years of operatic successes for Spain, Europe and America, with the most brilliant career.

At the beginning of 1933, the Liceu and, inside the commemorative festival of Richard Wagner’s death, the Musical Union of Catalonia paid tribute to tenor Vines, creator of the Wagnerian heroes and first interpreter, in Barcelona, ​​the Parsifal, where there was sung 135 performances.

He died in Barcelona on July 14, 1933.

Source: “Estudi Històric sobre les cases de Francesc Viñas situades al carrer Richard Wagner de Moià” of Ramon Tarter Fonts  Moià’s Historical Archive.

MOIÀ AND THE REGION OF MOIANÈS

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Moià is a village of 6.000 inhabitants placed in a small valley of the plateau of the Moianés, surrounded with forests and just 55 km from Barcelona, its port, airport and station of the high-speed train (AVE).

To 700 m of altitude, and thanks to the extension of forest that occupies and surrounds the plateau, the air of these places is pure and healthy.

To 2 kilometres of the centre of the villa we find an airfield and a golf course with excellent views.

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1h 30 ‘from the ski slopes of the Pyrenees, 1h 30’ from the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Daurada and 1h from Girona Airport and Barcelona Airport

Our thanks to C.I.C.- Moià for his photographs of the Palace.

All the photos of the report (except the portraits of Tenor Viñas) are courtesy of C.I.C.-Moià.

The Modernist Palace of Tenor Viñas is for sale:

Exclusive modernist mansion built between 1906 and 1908 under the request of the tenor Viñas in Moià, his natal village.

This complex consists of the main house, which is a 606 m2 building distributed along four floors and a curious modernist building of 130 m2 placed in the middle of a beautiful romantic garden which extends for more than 4.000 m2.

It is a residential emblematic building which could host a wide range of possible uses, such as restaurant, hotel, holiday camp, residential, foundational headquarter…

We do have a project to do a charming hotel, together with the adjacent house.

The structure of the building is in good condition, although reforms are needed both in the interior and in the facade.

SALE PRICE: 490.000 €

The price includes the furniture.

 

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