Casa Coll i Regàs

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Location

Carrer d’Argentona, 55. Mataró
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Modernism in Mataró is attributed to the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a major figure of the main modernist architectural plans in the city.

It is possible that, because of all this, Joaquim Coll i Regàs, a textile entrepreneur, was responsible for the project of his house, now a symbol of the city.

In 1896 he bought two houses in Carrer d'Argentona and immediately built his new plan in accordance with the project drafted by the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, which was completed in 1898. The plan followed the tradition of the houses of the urban bourgeoisie of Mataró and, in this sense, is the only house built in the city during the modernist era.

On May 12, 1897, Pere Comas, a Mataronian construction worker, requested permission from the City Council of Mataró to completely renew homes no. 55 and 57 of Carrer d'Argentona, the two houses that Joaquim Coll i Regàs had acquired the previous year. Regardless of the building permit application form, the work consisted of the demolition of the existing two houses and the construction of a new building, as it is expressly seen in the plans of the project attached to the building permit application.

The project, built again from scratch, contains a four-story building consisting of a basement, first floor, second floor and attic. The project plans cover the façade, a section scheme as well as the first and second floors; the basement and the attic do not appear. This was an approach, which followed in the tradition of residences of the urban bourgeoisie in Mataró. In this respect, it is the only manor house built in the city during the modernist period.

Visit

The house can be visited from Thursday to Sunday in two guided tours: The Coll i Regàs house, as an example of an era, reveals the constructive push and the configuration of the new expansion of Mataró in the historical context of Modernism and the figure of Joaquim Coll i Regàs, a dedicated and socially committed entrepreneur. Coll i Regàs house, as a showcase of modernist arts, brings visitors to the arts applied to the house from the most artisanal side. All visits include a coffee in the yard.

During the visit, you can see, among other objects, an original ceiling lamp from the Coll i Regàs house, a piece of the lantern made of polychrome glass, plated with brass structure; and an escritoire (writing desk) belonging to the original furniture of the House that the Iluro Foundation has recovered and restored.

The Iluro Foundation also offers pedagogical workshops aimed at schools: Urbanitz'art, which allows the little ones to work the creative process of the modernist artist; Materialitz'art, to get to know the materials used in the creation in modernist times and compare them with current materials using 3D printers and pencils (this workshop is also offered for family visit on the first Sunday of each month), and Debats des de l’obrador, a space for dialogue to compare the ambits of Modernism society with the society of the s. XXI / XXI c.

Finally, to generate new audiences, El Misteri de la Casa Coll i Regàs has been created, an activity where you will experience the fun of an Escape Room and the thrill of a Treasure Hunt. All this, with the particularity to evolve in a cultural and singular space.

In addition to all this, the building is made available to companies and individuals who want to celebrate events in a unique and historical place.

Visits and reservations
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Joaquim Coll i Regàs

Joaquim was born in Mataró in 1855. His paternal father and grandfather were tailors. His maternal grandfather, Feliciano Regàs, was a textile manufacturer.

Joaquim Coll i Regàs continued with his maternal grandfather and uncles’ company which, at the same time, followed the one launched at the beginning of the 19th century by the engineer Antoni Regàs i Borrell (Mataró, 1752-1837), who invented a spinning wheel. The company set up premises at Carrer d’en Moles 9. Later, it moved to the intersection of Plaça de Cuba and Carrer de la Unió. Subsequently, it moved to completely new buildings on Carrer de la Mercè, currently Camí Ral, on the corner of Avinguda Recoder that also had a built-up section on Carrer Churruca. The trade name of the Coll i Regàs company was Sobrino de Antonio Regàs.

In 1880, Joaquim Coll i Regàs married Magdalena Surià i Prats in Sant Josep Church. From the years 1882 to 1889, the couple had six children.

He decided to build a family home. For that very reason, he bought two houses on Carrer d’Argentona in 1896 and his own brand-new home was constructed immediately in accordance with the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s project design, which was eventually built in 1898.

Once the Coll family was settled into their new home, they were not so fortunate. First, the mother died so Joaquim Coll got married for the second time. He married Dolors Jaumandreu i Frigola and not long after, in 1903, he suffered from a mental disease which left him handicapped. He died in Barcelona in 1904.