Friday, May 22, 2009

View of La Pedrera (Casa Mila')

The rooftop of Casa Mila', showing its
wavy lines and undulating form.

This nighttime view of Casa Mila' was sent to me by
Jordi, who lives in Barcelona. Casa Mila' is also known
as La Pedrera (The Quarry). Built between 1906 and 1910,
it was originally designed for a married couple,
Rosario Seginon and Pere Mila'. Mila' was the second
husband of the extremely wealthy widow, Rosario. He loved
the lifestyle of the rich and opulent surroundings, so much
so that many felt he married Rosario for her 'guardiola',
or 'piggy bank' instead of for love for the widow. The building
was designed by a famous architect, Gaudi, who built it
with wavy lines and undulating forms rather than
with straight lines. Gaudi also put some unique chimney
stacks atop the building. There was also a sculpture which
he said was 'the Virgin', although his biographer said
it was really the primeval earth goddess, Gaia. Casa Mila'
is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Thank you, Jordi, for the really great postcard!

Jordi also drew some cute little figures on the
back of his card!

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