Casa Lis is the only art nouveau building in Salamanca. It was built by Joaquín de Vargas, a local architect, for manufacturer Miguel de Lis between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. Miguel de Lis had travelled a lot across Europe and had seen the new artistic movements. Today, casa Lis hosts the Museo de Art Nouveau y Art Déco. I didn't visit it because art nouveau is not my favourite style and also because the Spanish course I attended didn't let me much free time.
The Modernist Museum is located in Casa Lis, a beautiful bulding dating back to 1905. It was owned by the city and in 1995 was turned into this museum with an amazing collection of porcelain dolls and other collections of decorative arts. You'll find furniture, jewelry and much more here, but it's also worth visiting just for the building itself; the central courtyard and the views over the Tormes River from the upper floors are great.
Tuesday- Friday, 11-2 and 4-7, weekends 11-8
The Museum Art Nouveau and Art Deco of Salamanca displays an important collection of decorative arts from the end of 19th century to beginning of 20th century. The origins of this museum were the donation of the antiques collector D. Manuel Branches Andrade, plus new acquisitions by the Museum in recent years.
The collections of the Foundation are exhibited in the "Casa Lis", a private small palace built at the beginning of the 20th century. It's worth to visit, by the building itself, in any case don't miss at least having a look at the front walls, all covered by beautiful stained glass windows.
Casa Lis is the name of the house where the Art Deco and Art Nouveaux Museum is situated. This house, representative of modernism in Salamanca, was built in 1905 and the stained glass and iron works dominate.
Seen from the Museum entrance, the house seems small but if you go to the “other side” (along the river) you will be able to notice that it is a big house, and it seems to have no concrete walls – its walls are covered in beautiful stained glass supported by magnificent iron works.