Maricel Palace is one of the Noucentista jewels in Sitges. Built between 1910 and 1915, the building was initially the old hospital of Sant Joan Baptista transformed into a mansion thanks to the initiative of the American millionaire Charles Deering. Deering deposited a very large collection of artwork. The driver of the reform of Maricel was the engineer and artist Miquel Utrillo, which turned the building into a sumptuous residence decorated with elements from different eras and origins. The building included about fifty capitals made by sculptor Pere Jou, which decorated doors and windows.
In the first years after the reform, Maricel hosted works by El Greco, Zurbarán, Murillo, Casas, Sunyer and medieval pieces of remarkable heritage value, which were part of the Deering collection. For reasons not entirely clarified, Deering shipped these works in 1921 to the United States. Most of these works are now in the Art Institute of Chicago.
The architectural ensemble of Maricel is structured today in different areas: the Maricel Palace and the Maricel Museum, but also Santiago Rusiñol Library and the Historical Archive of Sitges, occupying part of the building facing the square of our City Council.
The Maricel Palace is essentially a space for cultural and protocol activities. Concerts, lectures, presentations, conferences and civil weddings are performed in different rooms of the building. The space is open to guided tours every Sunday at noon. The main parts of the palace are the Gold Room, the Blue Room, the terraces and the cloister, which accumulate a unique collection of art.
Maricel Museum, opened in 1970 and currently under preparations after reforms, contains different collections, such as the Dr. Perez Rosales and the collection belonging to Sitges. The Museum’s collections range from medieval art (such as the Romanesque mural of the Pantocrator of Santa Maria de Cap d’Aran dating from the twelfth century) to modern painting. Among its collections are works of Josep M. Sert, Ramon Casas, Jose Llimona, Jaume Sunyer or Pablo Gargallo. It also contains pieces representing the Luminist School of Sitges, with works by Arcadi Mas i Fondevila, José Batlle i Amell, Felip Masó o Joan Roig Soler.