Lleó Morera House, finished on 1906, remained in the family's hands until 1943, when it was sold to the insurance company Sociedad Mercantil Bilbao. Forty years later, the house passed into the hands of Mutualidad General de Previsión Social de la Abogacía de Madrid before being sold to Grup Planeta.
Because the family retained ownership for three generations, distinctive features in the interior of the building, such as the delicate ornamental elements created by outstanding master artists and craftsmen working with diverse materials, were well maintained. However, following the more austere precepts of Noucentisme, which did not support the modernist style, various elements of the Lleó i Morera House suffered changes or were destroyed. Such is the case of Eusebi Arnau's sculptures, some of which Salvador Dalí purchased to decorate the patio of his theatre-museum in Figueres. However, on the roof of the building is the tempietto, a dome supported by a set of columns. In 1937, during the Spanish Civil War, it was used as a machine gun nest and was damaged by crossfire, which forced its later reconstruction.
The meticulous restoration process carried out by Grup Núñez i Navarro
In 2006, Grup Núñez i Navarro acquired the Lleó i Morera House. For two years, the company had a team working on a restoration and conservation plan based on an accurate artistic study of the estate, a structural analysis and a colour examination of the façade.
During this period, their activities focused mainly on the façade and the backyard and interior spaces, both the common areas and offices.
Grup Núñez i Navarro
Grup Núñez i Navarro has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the unique heritage representative of Barcelona, with the restoration of a large part of the buildings in its catalogue. In the more than 60 years of its history, Núñez i Navarro has often faced important challenges in building restoration, such as retrieving catalogued parts and adapting areas of new construction to the original style.
Among others, we have restored buildings such as:
Casa Lleó i Morera (Passeig de Gràcia, 35)
Hotel 1898 (former Casa de Tabacos de Filipinas, Les Rambles, 109)