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In 1861, the Madrid City Council began to consider the need for adequate communication between the north and south of the city, and to avoid passing through the busy Puerta del Sol There were several attempts, the extension of the street price or opening of the Gran Via de San Francisco, which failed to solve the whole problem. This deficiency is linked to the fact that Madrid, as capital needed new representative buildings and urban spaces ...

  

 

In 1886 he adopted the Interior Reform Project, written by Carlos Velasco, and conducted the first expropriations, but administrative difficulties and strong public opposition prevented the plan to succeed, extending its construction over 64 years .

The first step to unlock and drive the project was the "Sanitation Law, Reform and Ensanche Interior", which was enacted in 1895, declaring the public utility. Three years later, the Count of Romanones, mayor of Madrid, took charge of the project to local architects and Andres Octavio López Salaberry, was finally approved in 1904, is limited in the three sections that are now known.

After various administrative and economic difficulties, the council decided to take the most onerous of the operation, all matters relating to expropriation, and award the work through a competition.

It was in 1910 when King Alfonso XIII gave the blow of the pick would start the first installment of the Gran Via, between Calle Alcalá and the Red de San Luis. Its construction was the most important public work, held in Madrid in the first third of the twentieth century. Until then there had been a transformation of the city which was the route. 327 buildings were expropriated in 30 blocks, including some who were as important as the convent of St. Joseph and Our Lady of the Presentation, or the Teatro Lara. Also disappeared or partially control many streets, including Queen's, San Miguel, Ballesta or Green Cross. The operation hit an area of 142 647 m² and led to the formation of 32 new blocks, and a flood of nearly a mile long.

The works continued until 1927, when the last completed demolition of third tranche, between Plaza de Callao and Plaza of Spain the. In 1952 he built the last building on this long speech, the number 72, which is now the Hotel Washington.

 
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