Serra i Moret Library

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Serra i Moret library

The Serra i Moret library was one of the first public libraries in Pineda de Mar. The building was erected in 1922, under the mandate of Mayor Manuel Serra i Moret. This measure was part of the project to create the Popular Libraries Service, of the Commonwealth of Catalonia, invented by Eugeni d’Ors.
The library building is nineteenth-century style, originally with a single floor, which had a hall, reading room, office and toilet, until the 1981 when it was extended. Of special note is the rounded arch of the main façade, which is framed by the two Ionic columns that flank the entrance.
This area does not belong to the historical area of Pineda, but to the Eixample. This zone was fields until in the 1920s the area between the historical T (Camí Ral-carrer del Mar) and Carrer de la Tribala and beyond was built. Carrer de la Vila, which was planned for 1922, was finally opened in 1936 at the initiative of the CNT. The objective was to connect the original centre and the new Eixample area.
Isidre Puig Boada is the architect who designed the Pla de l’Eixample in 1946, in order to allow Pineda to expand in an orderly manner, as the population was increasing due to immigration.
The Plaça de les Mèlies and the Plaça d’Espanya were renovated between the years 1940-1950. In 1942 Puig Boada planned the Plaça de les Mèlies, which was initially called Plaça dels Til·lers. In 1942 the first trees were planted – til.lers (Tilias) – and it was opened in 1946. Unfortunately, the species did not take root and were replaced by melia in 1948, so the name of the public square was finally changed in 1948.
The fountain in the square was designed by Puig Boada in 1955, and, little by little, this has become a meeting point and social gathering centre for the people of the town.