The painter and entertainment impresario Lluís Graner i Arrufí had commissioned Antoni Gaudí to create the Cinema Mercè on the Rambla. He went on to ask him to build him a house in Sant Gervasi de Casseroles, the present Barcelona district of Bonanova. The architect designed a chalet with curved lines topped by a four-armed cross, a cross between the entry pavilions of Park Güell and Casa Batlló which he was then just starting. Although he began the work the project did not go ahead when Lluís Graner could no longer fund it. Only the garden wall and gate, in stone with sinuous shapes, were completed and even they disappeared decades ago.