A 19th century palace
In 1870, Josep Maria Serra and Dorotea de Chopitea, owners of the Bank of Barcelona, commissioned master Jeroni Granells the works for their new home in Barcelona city center. Lady Dorotea de Chopitea devoted all her life and wealth to improve the city and the wellbeing of its citizens, building hospitals, temples, shelters for old and poor people and schools; always with the help and advice of her friend Saint John Bosco. After her death, she was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II.
Salesian historian Ramón Alberdi has recently published a biography of Dorotea de Chopitea y de Villota (1816-1891) Building a Barcelona for All of Us (Fundación Edebé, 2009).