What to see in Girona
The Birthplace of Rafael Masó is located on Ballesteries Street and is the headquarters of the Rafael Masó Foundation, a museum institution whose purpose is to safeguard and disseminate the work of this brilliant architect who was part of Noucentisme, an architectural and artistic movement of enormous importance during the first years of the 20th century.
The house itself is an element of incredible importance, as Masó applied a significant series of reforms and interventions, adapting it to the Noucentisme style. These changes have been preserved to this day, with the house having a stately, austere and noble look based largely on an original style of Catalan architecture.
Inside, one can see furniture designed by Masó himself, as well as a series of objects, articles and personal possessions. Also included is the original decor of the house, including rugs, lamps, quilts and planters.
In addition to preserving the building as Masó redesigned it, over the ensuing decades, Rafael Masó's Birthplace has been enriched with an enormous set of artistic works. In life, both he and his family members were avid collectors, especially of contemporary art.
In 2006, the house passed into the hands of the Girona City Council, which manages it together with the Foundation. It opened its doors to the public in 2012. Since then, Rafael Masó's Birthplace has become one of the most visited museums in the city, especially by academics and students of architecture and fine arts.