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Basic information:
Location:   Avinguda Tibidabo, 31    Barcelona
Qualification:  xxxx(3 on 5)
Present condition:  Good / Inside: Good, with some changes to adapt the house to present functions.
Visits:  The house is at present an excellent restaurant, offering the possibility to visit the house interior, together with an excellent meal.
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History and description:
Designed by Joan Rubió i Bellver and built between 1903 and 1913. The house Roviralta also known as El Frare Blanc is a big beautiful house located in the "high" part of Barcelona.
The building is a family house. The ideas of Rubió i Bellver are very clear in that house with a traditional structure, remembering in some aspects the style of Puig i Cadafalch but showing the Rubió i Bellver originality specially on the roof with an special fancy shape. 
The façade is made in white stucco to contrast with the windows in brick.
The design of interior is based on structural concept and the ornamentation is simple. Unfortunately, the transformation of the house in a restaurant imposed some changes in the internal structure, nevertheless the basic had been maintained.
The building show a fancy aspect in the nights when it's illuminated. This is a recommended spectacle to see from the Avinguda Tibidabo.

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Two views of characteristic roof Windows design
Other works of Joan Rubió i Bellver:
In Barcelona:  Arc bridge of the Generalitat   Casacuberta House   Manuel Dolcet House   Macari Golferichs House   Isabel Pomar House   Rialp House   Roviralta House (El Frare Blanc)   Foment de la Pietat Church   Industrial School 
In L'Alforja:  Mas d'en Perdiu 
In Campdevànol:  Hospital 
In Igualada:  Asylum of Sant Crist 
In Santa Coloma de Cervelló:  Houses of Colonia Güell:  Ca l'Espinal  Cooperativa 
In Raïmat:  Caves Raventós 
In Reus:  Serra House  Serra Villa 
In Ripoll:  Chapel of Sant Miquel de la Roqueta 
In Sant Feliu de Codines:  Puigdomènech House