This building was built by the association called “International Institute for Girls in Spain", the Spanish subsidiary of the institution founded by Alice Gordon Gulick. Located in Chamberí, it was created as a centre for higher education in the style of the American female colleges and was financed by public subscription along with a contribution by Zenobia Camprubí.
The building was a project by the architect Joaquín Saldaña López based on historic lines, with circular tower crowned with a dome, which would be used as an astronomical observatory. In 1906, Saldaña himself modified the project with some details from French Classicism. The highest quality work is the assembly hall, and the ensemble formed by the entrance hall with light from above, and the double staircase. After restoration by the Region of Madrid in 1990, the building and the garden recovered their original air.
Library opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 9am to 9pm / Sat: 10am to 2pm (from October to June)
Month of August: closed
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