El Casino de Madrid
The Casino de Madrid was founded in 1836, but it was not until 1903 when the current building was finalized in its final location. The building was designed by Luis Esteve, he drew the plans, and José López Salaberry built it. The entrance is beautiful, as well as the main staircase and the lounge with its royal paintings by Romero de Torres, Anselmo Miguel Nieto y Manuel Benedito. Nowadays it is a private cultural center. If you want to visit the interior and visit its prestigious restaurant you must be a member.
The Casino has a long story, from its humble beginnings in Café de Sólito, to its current location in Calle de Alcalá, 15. Back when the Casino started it was very common for intellectuals and artists to meet in cafés for “tertulias” or gatherings where the main objective was to chat to talk, normally about political, artistic or literary issues.
After a few years the number of members increased so much that they decided to move to permanent and larger premises, and that’s how they moved to Calle del Príncipe, there el Casino was known as “Casino de la Casa del Príncipe”.
After several moves, finally el Casino found its permanent home in Calle Alcalá, 15 at the beginning of the 20th century, where it still is in the 21st century.
The architecture of the building corresponds to the modernist style of the beginning of the 20th century. It was designed to preside over the wide avenues that they liked so much back then, and Calle Alcalá is still a magnificent avenue. The building was declared of National Interest in 1993.
The Casino remains a members’ club and shares members’ privileges with other gentlemen’s clubs from around the world.