Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad), Barcelona

In the Western part of Carrer San Carles street, which borders the square of the poet Boscana from the South, is the building of the district library, (La biblioteca Barceloneta-La Fraternitat, on the map), the former headquarters of the cooperative La Fraternitat ("Brotherhood").

Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad)

In 1879, the city of Barceloneta organized a mutual consumer society to sell everyday goods at affordable prices. The cooperative received the name of La Fraternidad ("Brotherhood"). Soon the society began to perform educational functions - organizing a library, a folk choir, concerts and festivals. The cooperative also provided social assistance to its members - financial support for the sick and elderly.

Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad)

In 1910, the cooperative purchased a dilapidated house on San Carles street, intending to build a large public building in its place. In 1917, a three-story "people's house" was opened, the author of which was the architect Francesc Guaria Vidal. The ground floor was occupied by a store with a retail warehouse, on the first floor they set up a cafe with a dance hall, where they also served food during the holidays tables with treats. On the second floor there was a large auditorium with a stage for theatrical performances, on the third floor are located library, meeting room, and Executive offices.

Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad)

The building is built in the "modern" style and has a lot of appropriate decor elements - stucco decorations with the image of vegetation, shaped cast-iron grilles of balconies. The second-floor balcony is decorated with a sculpture depicting the coat of arms of the cooperative.

Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad)

In the sixties of the twentieth century the cooperative lost its importance for the residents of Barceloneta and 1974 was eliminated. Library Fund it was transferred to the Arus public library. The building was empty for a long time, only the ground floor was occupied by a branch of La Caixa Bank. In 2001, the municipal library was opened in the building and "Narodny Dom" became a public library again the center of social life - there is a cozy cafe and a dance hall, in the library you can find an interesting collection of unique documents and other rarities related to the history of the Barceloneta area.

Library of Barceloneta, building of the cooperative 'Brotherhood' (Cooperativa la Fraternidad)