|COMILLAS, TOWN OF THE PICTURESQUE AND THE MODERN||Town
of the Picturesque
The Marquises of Comillas
Capricho de Gaudí
|The Marquises of Comillas.|
main art patron in the town was the indiano
Antonio López y López, whose economic and social ascent
was unstoppable since his return from Cuba and
establishment of his business in Barcelona, which ended
with the granting by Alfonso XII of the title of Marquis
of his hometown (Comillas) in 1878, to recognise his
economic support in the fight against Cuban insurrection.
From here onwards, the figure of the Marquis
represented the town of Comillas.
At the beginning, those properties of the members of the Marquis's circle were considered some of the best architectural works in the town. The central nucleus, a kind of town-garden, included the houses of Ocejo (Don Antonio López's first residence), La Portilla, El Llano and La Cavaduca, built between 1860 and 1880. These residences, still fairly unadorned, lacked the exotic style which characterised later constructions. In this period, the picturesque Coteruca was also built, in contrast with the sobriety of the residences at that time.