EL PUTGET I FARRO: AN OLD NEIGHBORHOOD OF SANT GERVASI
In 1879 the municipality of Sant Gervasi was divided into three different neighborhoods: La Bonanova, El Putget and Lledó. There are reports of the existence of a chapel sometime in the 17th century, however, the urbanization of this area began around 1870, when a series of towers (Catalan mansions) were built by the bourgeoisie, who moved out of Barcelona due to the poor urban conditions in the old city center.
Towards the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, the urban development of El Putget was not unlike that of the rest of Sant Gervasi: characterized by the division of the rural properties, the construction of “towers” and summer mansions, and then, after the arrival of the train to Sarrià in 1863 and the metro to Lesseps in 1924, their transformation into permanent residences.
Few of these houses have managed to survive as most were replaced by apartment buildings during the second half of the 20th century.
The opening of the Ronda del Mig, one of Barcelona's urban highways, created an almost impermeable urban barrier – for those traveling by foot and by car – between the high and low parts of the neighborhood. The current urban and transportation renewal projects between Grotto and Lesseps will help to make those areas more accessible.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
- Turó del Putget Gardens: park built in 1970 on the grounds of the Rafael Morato estate; he was a businessman involved in the production and commercialization of cane and beet sugar. The park is one of the neighborhood’s most important urban elements. (C/ de Manacor 9)
- Plaza Lesseps: a public square and major intersection at the edge of the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi and Gràcia districts. Renovated in 2005, after Albert Vilaplana won an architectural competition, to transform this urban space into a contemporary square, controlling and organizing the vehicle traffic and providing more areas for pedestrians.