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The ornamental art of Centro Canalejas Madrid

More than 16,700 pieces have been cataloged by the old collection of seven buildings.

Centro Canalejas Madrid has been conceived since its inception as an initiative where excellence prevails, not only for the configuration of a novel project in Madrid or for its privileged location, in the center of the capital, but also for the care with which we have projected each and every one of its building details. From the point of view of engineering, Centro Canalejas Madrid is a very complex work; but what truly characterizes the complex is the orderly work of disassembly, cataloging, restoration and recovery of the singular elements existing in the buildings. These are the most representative pieces that for seven decades were housed in the seven buildings

Restoration and cataloging

More than 16,700 pieces corresponding to more than 300 typologies have been cataloged, in an effort that has been laborious and highly complex due to the delicate state of the pieces. Some of them have required up to 4,000 hours of work.

The work of restoration and cataloging to recover these elements has constituted an investment of more than seven million euro. Some of these pieces have been dismantled and their restoration is proceeding in specialized workshops and they are already being relocated in their original location.

 Among the pieces that have been recovered, some more than a century old, are from woodwork, metal blacksmithing, decks, railings, lampposts, chimneys, marble, stone, etc., to the pinnacles that crowned the facades.