This building, one of the most luxurious in Barcelona, was commissioned by Eusebi Güell i Bacigalupi (the Count of Güell, textile industry) to Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, who started the project in 1880 and signed it in 1886.
This palace is situated close to La Rambla in the area, which at the time was considered to be the center of Barcelona. The house stands between party walls attached to another house that also belonged to the family Güell.
The construction took place between 1886 and 1888, the date mentioned on the top of the facade but its decoration would not finish until 1889.
The Güell family lived in this house since 1888. Various events as, for example, the Universal Exposition of 1888 took place in its halls.
It still remains the residence of the Güell, although the center of gravity of the city has moved to the Paseo de Gracia. Later the count abandons the building and goes to live to the house he had acquired within the grounds of Park Güell in the upper part of Barcelona. At that time Gaudi also built that for the count.
From that moment Mercé, the daughter of Count Güell, lived there until 1945. Then the palace was sold to the Provincial Council of Barcelona and the Museum of Performing Arts was opened there.
The Palau Güell was declared as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986.