Located in Valencia’s first Ensanche district, bordered by Cirilo Amorós, Conde Salvatierra, Martínez Ferrando, and Jorge Juan streets, the Colón Market is right in the heart of one of the city’s most important commercial areas and its hub.
At the start of the century, the need for a market that would supply the demand of the growing neighborhood was addressed by the city government when it split one of the blocks in the district, specifically part of the land plot where the Marquis De Campo’s gas factory was located. This led to the creation of a new street called Blanquells (currently Calle Martínez Ferrando) and of the block as we now know it, and where the new 4,337 m2 market would be built.
It was designed by the city-architect of the day, Francisco Mora, who was influenced by the Catalan Modernist movement of Doménech i Montaner, Puig, and Cadafalch, etc. The building covers a large linear space divided into three bays with metal trusses, and it has two prominent masonry facades that resemble triumphal arches with exquisitely crafted ornamentation and colors. The perimeter is lined with a stone base that supports an artistic wrought iron fence in the form of a 100 x 47 meter rectangular enclosure with beveled edges.
The building was inaugurated on New Year’s Eve 1916, and it became very popular among residents.