Three Must-See Works of Architecture by Gaudi in Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

 

For nearly 20 years, attorney Marc Rovner of East Rockaway, New York, has served as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract LLC. Away from his professional pursuits, attorney Marc Rovner enjoys exploring new cultures in cities such as Barcelona, Spain.

Spain has introduced a wealth of art and culture to the world, and in Barcelona specifically, one of the largest draws for tourists are buildings designed by architect Antoni Gaudi. When planning your next trip to the city, consider visiting the following Gaudi works.

1. La Sagrada Familia

Construction began on this church in 1882, and it should be completed by around 2030. Despite its unfinished status, it stands as a revered architectural work that salutes the Gothic style of the Middle Ages.

2. Casa Batllo

The Gaudi design for the Casa Batllo involved a restoration of an old home in 1904. Visitors will notice a mixture of ceramics and stone throughout the exterior, as well as forged iron. Considered radical at the time of completion, the facade features unique organic shapes that set it apart from neighboring buildings.

3. Torre de Bellesguard

Regarded as a crowning achievement in the blending of modernist and neo-gothic architectural elements, the Torre de Bellesguard offers one of the best views of the city of Barcelona. Gaudi designed the structure in the early 1900s, but it only recently came to public attention that it was his creation.

Unique Features of the US Bank Stadium

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Minnesota Vikings
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Attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development for BETA Abstract LLC in Oceanside, New York. Before becoming an attorney he attended Boston University, where he graduated magna cum laude. A native of East Rockaway, New York, Marc Rovner is an avid football fan and Giants supporter. He and his son have visited 24 of the 32 NFL stadiums since 2005, with the goal of visiting each and every one.

Opened in late summer 2016, the US Bank Stadium is the latest addition to the NFL’s roster of venues. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the stadium is home to the Minnesota Vikings and seats over 66,000 and covers 137,000 square feet. The stadium is a remarkable building, with a roof composed of a transparent ETFE structure, giving the inside an open-air feel without allowing in Minnesota’s famous temperamental weather.

In fact, the building itself features nearly 200,000 square feet of glass, and fans are encouraged to bring sunglasses on sunny days. US Bank Stadium includes several other unique features, including five 95-feet high pivoting glass doors that open to the outside. The stadium is also equipped with LED lighting that allows for state-of-the-art pre-game and halftime entertainment options.

Donating to Ronald McDonald House New York

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Ronald McDonald House
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A native of East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner serves as general counsel and director of business development at BETA Abstract, LLC. Away from his responsibilities as an attorney, Marc Rovner contributes to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which operates such facilities across the country as Ronald McDonald House New York.

Established in 1978, Ronald McDonald House New York supports children with cancer and their families. The facility, located in Manhattan, has provided temporary housing for more than 30,000 families from around the world. The nonprofit’s goal is to keep families together during the treatment process in order to create a positive and caring environment for patients.

The house accommodates 84 families, and it costs $295 per family per night to remain operational. Fortunately, generous donations by the public reduce the cost of each family’s stay to, at most, $35 per night.

Monetary contributions of any amount are welcome at http://www.rmh-newyork.org. Donors may choose how their funds are used or elect to have Ronald McDonald House New York apply the funds where there is the greatest need. In addition, donors can leave gifts in memory or honor of a loved one.