One of the joys of wandering the streets of Barcelona is to suddenly stumble upon gorgeous art nouveau buildings sitting smack in the middle of nondescript shop fronts. The Antigua Casa Figueras is one such gem.
Located halfway down the Rambla, this former pasta factory was built in 1820 and decorated by modernist artist Antoni Ros i Guell in 1902. Occupied since 1986 by a branch of the Pasteleria Escriba, the Casa Figueres is as elaborately decorated as some of the decadent creations of fourth generation pastry artist, Christian Escriba.
The trencadis (mosaic) on the facade and the wrought iron and stained glass windows are exquisite as are the restored interiors. The biggest challenge here is to get a clear shot of the building through the throngs of tourists on the Rambla! The ones oblivious to this beauty, as well as those so enamoured by it that they will not budge from in front, for what seems like hours.
Embedded into the sidewalk outside the entrance is a metal plaque embossed with symbols of various trades. We had seen such plaques across the city and learnt that they are awarded as recognition to businesses that have been in the service of the city – and run by the same family – for more than a 100 years! They are engraved with the name of the establishment, date of inception, and the date the plaque was awarded.
I still haven’t figured out why the dates don’t tally. Seems to suggest a collaboration between the Figueras and Escriba families in 1986. Christian’s grandfather (the first Mr. Escriba) himself was the son-in-law of the original founder and his maternal grandfather, the renowned French confectioner Etienne Tholoniat. With antecedents like that, we had no doubt that the contents of this pasteleria would be as pleasing to the senses as its beautiful exterior. I can vouch for the fact that they indeed were!
88 thoughts on “The Antigua Casa Figueras”
Good shots and nice eye for details… 😉
Appreciate your support Ledrake 🙂
First thing i felt when i saw these shots was bliss. and awe.
beautiful Pictures,its must be even more stunning when seen through the naked eyes..
loved the write up 🙂
It is! Thank you Soma 🙂
lovely! Lovely photos & building 🙂
Thank you Mtlawleyshire!
I love the feeling, reminds me a lot of Old San Juan and it’s streets.
Had no idea San Juan had art nouveau buildings like this! Must be lovely. Nice to meet you Estivalpoet 🙂
I was ever so lucky to have stayed in the Rambla and wandering and wandering and wandering, one of favorite trips ever years and years ago…this brought back all those memories, thank you, the post, the pictures and the information is stunning 🙂
Really? We were SO glad we didn’t stay on the Rambla!!! Detested the crowds in fact and only returned early in the morning or mid afternoon to check out the sights in peace 🙂 Glad to have stirred fond memories, and happy to meet you 🙂
I was alone on my maiden trip to Spain and without accommodation until a very fine and gentlemanly receptionist at Le Meridien called Pedro offered me a suite (fit only for lords and masters) at the cost of a single!!!! Yes it was crowded but I was charmed by the view of the streets from that suite with all those fabulous burlesque costume processions for a festival that was on! I loved it! And waking up to the smell of coffee brewing from all those spaces depicted on your post had me holding on to my cup in a dream!
Wow- fabulous. I had the chance to visit when on holiday with my daughter many years ago – I wish I had. I’ll add to my list. 🙂
Perhaps another time Stuart! Thank you for dropping by and welcome to my blog 🙂
Thank you Cravesadventure.
Madhu, it’s gorgeous! Honestly, i don’t remember it. There were a lot of distractions the summer of ’72, but I’ve no excuses for several subsequent visits, except perhaps it’s beauty was covered by a few generations of grime?
So, thank you for showing me something that had been under my nose so many times:) I particularly love looking into the glorious timber ceilings through the fanlight. Fabulous shot. They’re all great shots, but I do like that one – I do love timber.
That’s my favourite too! The sights on the Rambla are easy to miss unless you are particularly looking for them. Wish I could have taken some interior shots, but it was jam packed by the time we went in and we barely managed to grab some goodies from the fast emptying shelves!!
And got those lovely pictures as reminders:)
What a story! Mosaic, wrought iron and stained glass windows all in one entrance gate!
Lovely isn’t it? There are loads of pretty buildings like this. If I had time I would go armed with a list and check out each one 🙂
breathtaking…they just don’t craft things today like they used to (at least here in the states); true artistry;o)
Not here either 🙂 Thanks for dropping by and welcome to my blog Sahbina!
Oh! That’s near my house! 🙂 Happy you liked it
Oh, I loved it! Just checked out your site Rufu and am amazed at the amount of traveling you have done! Will have to browse through it at leisure. Thank you for dropping by.
Amazing photos! So colorful!
Thank you Elena!
Died and gone to heaven springs to mind.
My feelings exactly…….all the more when I indulged in the contents of the shop 🙂
Such intricate, colourful detailing! Love this post (and how appropriate that almost always , after reading a post of yours, do I get “the urge to wander” around the globe as well!)
That is the nicest compliment I can get Anne 🙂 Thank you ever so much!
So beautiful. I remember seeing this when we also went wandering down the Rambla about 8 years ago. Gorgeous place to visit.
Lovely isn’t it? Thanks for dropping by AD.
What a treasure of a find! Gorgeous pictures! I also love these special little gems that are just waiting to be discovered on a trip.
Thank you Nicole!
Madhu, you are so lucky to have stumbled across this jewel. Thank you so much for taking the time to shoot some photos and share this beautiful building’s history. I love this type of artsy architecture with all of the lovely colors, intricate tile work, and marvelous stained glass windows, complimenting the completed facade. What a treat! Of course, I’ve come to expect nothing less than a treat from you. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
Delighted that you liked it MArcy! And truly grateful for your generous support 🙂
Absolutely magnificent, the colour of the shop front really does stand out, such a great look, and a lot of history attached as well, very nice.
I love the fact that that they reward the conservation of buildings and trade. Wish our city planners could be taught that 😦
Great post and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them Madhu. -Max-
Thank YOU Max 🙂
One of the things I love about European cities, is their penchant for preserving their old buildings; they add charm and provide us with a glimpse into true architectural design. Great post!
So very true Marcia. Thank you for your visit and comment.
I like all the colors and details. What a great place to visit.
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
Beautiful shots of these buidings. I love the detail you show.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks Francine 🙂
These gorgeous pics bring me back to my trip…such a beautiful city!
It is a delightful city. Thanks for the visit Ameena.
Lovely colors and design!
Lovely isn’t it? Especially of the mosaic on the facade!
What a lovely place! Great shots, Madhu!
Thank you Marina.
What a photography! I am in love.
Beautiful pictures. Great post. 🙂
Thank you Arindam.
I always think of the Gaudi architecture for Barcelona, these are great pictures. It’s on my list of places to visit!
These are great photos. Such a beautiful place.
Lovely photos, Madhu, and a new site to place on my to–go list.
Thanks Naomi 🙂
Interesting snippets – nice shots 🙂
Thank you Eric 🙂
I would love to go back to this city and take it all in again. Such a wonderful place. Thanks for the memories.
So would I TBM 🙂
Barcelona must be wonderful – what are the three most interesting cities for you?
I love too many, but off the cuff – Paris, Istanbul and London! Could keep going back forever!
We didn’t see this one while in Barcelona! It’s beautiful! And like most of the Art Nouveau buildings in Spain – even MORE beautiful CLOSE UP! Fantastic shots as always, Madhu!
It is easy to miss these, especially when it is crowded. Thank you Zoe 🙂
It is a gorgeous building… and I love the colors in the stone… Beautiful post. 😉
Thank you Elizabeth 🙂
You have a great eye, my friend!
Thank you Hook 🙂 Appreciate you stopping by.
Such a lovely building. The architecture and colors are magnificent!
Aren’t they just? I love stumbling upon little gems like these!
It must be fun to travel and see such wonderful places.
Gorgeous photos. I loved wandering down Las Ramblas – could have spent hours enjoying the wonderful views along the walkway. The architecture is so creative, colourful and inspiring. Love how well it has been preserved.
Me too! Thank you for dropping by Anita 🙂
I like the idea of the plaques- a nice recognition, a bit of history and an interesting embellisment.
Me too! I was fascinated by how many there were in the narrow lanes of the Gothic quarter!
Thank you DJ 🙂
Thanks I am enjoying by u r pics madhu I love you……..
That is beautiful indeed. Thank you for sharing your artistic talents with us as you take us on a journey with you.