Notes on the Geography of Spain: Madrid: Photo 34
We pass now from 11 to 1 o'clock along the Gran Via, created in 1911. Goitia writes: "The Gran Via was Alfonso's great internal structural reform, but it was not completed until the period of the Republic. The intention was to open up a road linking east with west, cutting through the old city to relieve the traffic that inevitably had to pass through the Puerta del Sol. The idea was a good one but its execution leaves much to be desired." This building is the Hotel Atlantico, built by Joaquin Saldaña in 1920 for the Marquis of Falces. Though it soon became a hotel, the original idea was an apartment building, again with two apartments per floor, except for the top floor, where the marquis would live. A central courtyard gives light to the inner rooms.
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