Black and White Sunday: Traces of the Past

Continuing with my Barcelona posts, I couldn’t help but notice this rather grand house in the Pedralbes district, up by the monastery. Obviously from the Modernista period, with ornate iron-work, coloured tiling, a roof terrace with a pretty stone balustrade and windows picked out in contrasting brickwork. It is however, sadly derelict with balconies rusting and floorless, graceful windows with broken shutters and bricked up openings, which keeps the house secure from squatters and seems to be the norm on mainland Europe, whereas we simply board them up.

Fancy Window Grills and bricked up windows

A grand house once (or maybe two apartments) I hope that one day whatever is preventing its sale or restoration is resolved as it would be a shame for it to deteriorate further, and one only has to imagine what beauties possibly lie inside.

Please visit Paula to see other representations of this week’s challenge.


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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

24 thoughts on “Black and White Sunday: Traces of the Past”

  1. Wouldn’t it just be great to have a peek inside! Great window grilles, the Spanish are good at these, and similar ones are visible in Cuba and other Latin American countries….

    1. I would have loved to see inside, although you would need a torch! I am guessing there will be lots of tiles and more elaborate staircases.

  2. I absolutely love whatever you’ve done with those photos. The first one is full of atmosphere and then you give us all those wonderful details. The final shot of the whole building was a bit of a surprise. And you’re so on-top of architectural styles. A lovely post to wake up to on Monday morning.

    1. The effects are all from Nik software – blame Sue for that 🙂 And the house is so beautiful despite the fact it is abandoned. Barcelona is full of this type of architecture. I even found a stylised eagles balcony, similar to something you posted from Warsaw.

  3. I also love the shots, and the editing. It is such a shame to see beautiful buildings abandoned and shut up, even when they do make excellent subjects for photography!

    1. Thank you for hosting the challenges Paula – sorry I haven’t got over to yours to leave a comment, but our internet access was appalling yesterday, took me all day to get the post published and then I was too tired to do anything late last night when access came back! I shall try and rectify that today 🙂

        1. Yes, she seems to be enjoying Japan much more than China, but then we haven’t heard about the teaching yet. 9 hours a day is very long, but it is only for a term so not so bad I guess.

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