|The O'Neill House - an Art Nouveau fantasy|
One of these, sometimes called the Barcelona Cathedral, but actually a basilica named La Sagrada Familia Basilica, is quite famous.
|La Sagrada Familia Basilica|
I really enjoy his rather odd, but beautifully distinctive style. The Casa Batilo in Barcelona (pictured below), was one of Gaudi's designs.
|Casa Batilo in Barcelona|
This home was built back in the 1980s by an art dealer named Don O'Neill, who specialized in Art Nouveau. ONeill loved Antoni Gaudi's work, so he and his wife decided to renovate their house into an Art Nouveau style as an homage to the renowned architect.
|A Google Earth view of the house|
Mr. O'Neill only lived long enough to see the guest house completed. It was his wife who eventually completed the home, mainly to keep her husband's dream alive after his death.
The house is a magnificent example of the surreal Art Nouveau style of Gaudi, and of Don O'Neill, who loved this art form.
|The rear door, off the alleyway|
The details are just fantastic.
From what I understand, Mrs. O'Neill still lives in this amazing structure.
|Mosaic birds fly just under the roof line of the home, while statues guard the vents|
|Tiffany style stained glass decorates the windows|
Seeing this house makes me happy. It's like hobbits should live there.
I have to applaud people who dream crazy dreams and have the perseverance to bring them to fruition for the delight of all the rest of us. Thanks, Don and Sandy O'Neill. It was a pleasure just to view the exterior of your home.