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MARQUÉS DE COMILLAS

This is a neoclassical style house from the late XIX. century. Nowadays nr. 7 Alameda Marqués de Comillas, right where this coastal avenue becomes Alameda Apodaca, with formidable views of the Bay of Cádiz, all the way from Rota down to el Puerto de Santa María.

In February 2019 we secured this circa 70 beam batch that had been removed from the demolition of the ruined building before proceeding to turn it into a 3 storey + rooftop terrace luxury condo (apparently with indoor spa and all).

The outstanding feature about this lot of beams was the fact that most of them were stained in earthy colours in a truly natural way, as if it was the wood´s original skin colour. The average 200 year old beam is either bare or if painted, you would see the multiple overlapping layers of crumbling lacquer. You will see in some of the tables of this small collection that we´ve wanted to honour this feature by not stripping the material.

This dwelling is covered by the Local Council´s heritage protection programme. It is listed as a bourgeois house, with rectangular main patio, 4 axis façade and lateral porch. The historic balconies and cierros (gaditan name for an enclosed balcony) are supported but fine overhanging imposts. The moulded cornice in the façade is another example of an altogether splendid construction.

So we are right by the most popular green promenade of the city. A lush boardwalk that runs parallel to the coast, built in the XIX century in a Romanic style with Elizabethan layout.

It covers the length of the Alameda Apodaca, named after the gaditan admiral Juan José Ruiz de Apodaca y Eliza in 1856, and the adjacent Alameda del Marqués de Comillas, named after Claudio López Bru, second marquis of Comillas.

A couple of metres away from the building we find the monument that the city raised in memory of the latter. Don Claudio Lopez Bru, was both a successful entrepreneur and a devoted philanthropist.

He inherited the title of Marquis from his father together with various enterprises. The Spanish Transatlantic Company was the largest among them and he soon became the general Director.

Cádiz was the leading spanish harbour at the time, so it might well have been his close relationship and connection to the local maritime trade that deserved him the aforementioned tribute.

The statue impersonates his bust, 2 ship bowsprits (bow and stern) and a lion together with a condor, representing Europe and América respectively. A midwife holding a baby mirrors a motherly role of Spain with regards to the Americas.
The author, catalan sculptor Antoni Parera y Saurina, allowed for a peculiar vault in the basement of the construction that was later turned into a public maritime library.

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Marqués de Comillas Collection

MARQUÉS DE COMILLAS

This is a neoclassical style house from the late XIX. century. Nowadays nr. 7 Alameda Marqués de Comillas, right where this coastal avenue becomes Alameda Apodaca, with formidable views of the Bay of Cádiz, all the way from Rota down to el Puerto de Santa María.

In February 2019 we secured this circa 70 beam batch that had been removed from the demolition of the ruined building before proceeding to turn it into a 3 storey + rooftop terrace luxury condo (apparently with indoor spa and all).

The outstanding feature about this lot of beams was the fact that most of them were stained in earthy colours in a truly natural way, as if it was the wood´s original skin colour. The average 200 year old beam is either bare or if painted, you would see the multiple overlapping layers of crumbling lacquer. You will see in some of the tables of this small collection that we´ve wanted to honour this feature by not stripping the material.

This dwelling is covered by the Local Council´s heritage protection programme. It is listed as a bourgeois house, with rectangular main patio, 4 axis façade and lateral porch. The historic balconies and cierros (gaditan name for an enclosed balcony) are supported but fine overhanging imposts. The moulded cornice in the façade is another example of an altogether splendid construction.

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So we are right by the most popular green promenade of the city. A lush boardwalk that runs parallel to the coast, built in the XIX century in a Romanic style with Elizabethan layout.

It covers the length of the Alameda Apodaca, named after the gaditan admiral Juan José Ruiz de Apodaca y Eliza in 1856, and the adjacent Alameda del Marqués de Comillas, named after Claudio López Bru, second marquis of Comillas.

A couple of metres away from the building we find the monument that the city raised in memory of the latter. Don Claudio Lopez Bru, was both a successful entrepreneur and a devoted philanthropist.

He inherited the title of Marquis from his father together with various enterprises. The Spanish Transatlantic Company was the largest among them and he soon became the general Director.

Cádiz was the leading spanish harbour at the time, so it might well have been his close relationship and connection to the local maritime trade that deserved him the aforementioned tribute.

The statue impersonates his bust, 2 ship bowsprits (bow and stern) and a lion together with a condor, representing Europe and América respectively. A midwife holding a baby mirrors a motherly role of Spain with regards to the Americas.
The author, catalan sculptor Antoni Parera y Saurina, allowed for a peculiar vault in the basement of the construction that was later turned into a public maritime library.

GALLERY OF STORIES

TABLES

Marqués de Comillas Collection