Casa Lleó i Morera

PROMOTERS: THE LLEÓ I MORERA FAMILY

Francesca Morera i Ortiz (Barcelona, 1853 – 1904)

Francesca Morera died unexpectedly at the age of 51, her son was her sole heir, but she willed the property in usufruct to her grand-daughter. 

When Francesca Morera died unexpectedly at the age of 51, her son was her sole heir, but she willed the property in usufruct to her grand-daughter. 

She married Albert Lleó i Dubosch and they divorced in June 1881 when she was 28. They had one son, Albert, the future Dr Lleó i Morera.

When Francesca Morera died unexpectedly at the age of 51, her son was her sole heir, but she willed the property in usufruct to her grand-daughter. 

Albert Lleó i Morera (Barcelona, 1873 – 1929)

He graduated on 20 August 1898 with a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Barcelona and later obtained his PhD in Madrid on 31 July 1902. He devoted his life to microbiology, specialised in the chemical analysis of tissues and bacteria, and was the Laboratory director at the Hospital de la Santa Creu in Barcelona in 1913. During his medical career he received several titles and acknowledgments.

He married Olinta Puiguriguer i Palmarola (1879-1936) and they had three children, Francesca, Albert (who died in infancy) and Albert. In fact, the sculpted reliefs by Eusebi Arnau in the main living quarters depict the folk song “The infant king’s wet-nurse”, which could symbolise their second child’s untimely death.

As a member of the educated Catalan bourgeoisie, Dr. Lleó i Morera also pursued other interests, and was especially drawn to combustion engines. He even designed an aviation engine that was built by engineer Claudio Barad, although it did not have the desired success.

He died young, like his mother, at the age of 56.

Albert Lleó Puiguriguer (Barcelona, 1904 – 1967)

He studied Law, but inherited his passion for engines from his father. He became one of the first aviation pilots, and as he was also a great motoring enthusiast, he was a founding partner of the Peña del Aire aviation society, which was created on 25 March 1923. Rather than practice law he managed the family’s resources. He married Dolors Miralbell and they had three daughters: Maria Dolors, Mireia and Glòria Lleó i Miralbell.

In the village of Almacelles (Lleida), the family had an estate with a summer house, where he had a small airfield built. He died at the age of 63.