Madrid is a big city, full of tall buildings. Everyone lives in flats. Well, nearly everyone. Dotted around the city there are a handful of little neighbourhoods where some people actually still live in single family houses, right in the city centre. “Madrid Moderno” is, or should I say was, one of them.
Between Avenida de los Torreros and Francisco Silvela there are a few streets where you can see traces of what was once a brand new planned community of beautiful single family houses. “Madrid Moderno” was built in several stages between 1890 and 1906, inspired by the Spanish architect Mariano Belmás Estrada. The idea was to build houses in the Art Nouveau style, with Neo-Mudéjar details. The most striking detail, and the one that really stands out on the few remaining buildings, is their enclosed balconies which form porches over their doorways. Some are in states of disrepair, but some have obviously been lovingly cared for over the years.
Walk along c/Roma or c/Castelar to see the best examples.
“Madrid Moderno” is just across the road from the bullring at Las Ventas, so why not kill two birds with one stone and visit two architectural curiosities at the same time?