Montjuïc Cable Car
This cable car in Barcelona celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020.
Why have one mansion taking up a block when a city could have a block full of mansion-like accommodations? Built at the Turn of the Century, these homes were constructed for the masses, while also being fit for a patrician.
In the late 1800s, low housing supply and great demand for upper-class homes led to the construction of multiple “mansion” blocks, suited to house the well-to-do of London. In order to persuade the wealthy population to live on top of one another, these structures were spacious, finely detailed, and constructed with high-end materials such as marble flooring. Residents of these blocks could also be afforded luxury amenities such as a concierge, porters, gyms, and unfortunately, shared gardens (ugh!).
Over time, these mansion blocks and apartments became even more desirable with age. Even Lady Diana Spencer, prior to becoming a royal, was gifted such a flat for her eighteenth birthday. These days, however, many mansion blocks are filled with families instead of members of society’s upper echelons.
Opened in 1904, the Dalmeny Mansions followed suit with fellow “mansion” buildings catered to the upper middle class of the city. With its apartments boasting high ceilings, crown moldings, and a shared courtyard, one can easily find respite in this building’s luxurious bones. Nestled by the large crackling Victorian fireplace, residents here can easily imagine they’re inhabiting an isolated mansion.
Written By: Seamus McMahon
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