Palacio del Duque de Uceda (Plaza de Colón)

Palacio del Duque de Uceda (Plaza de Colón). Old engraving.
Centro Colón, modern building which replaces the palace once demolished.

The Palacio del Duque de Uceda also known as Palacio de los Duques de Medinaceli was a palace located in Plaza de Colón[1] in Madrid.

This palace had two floors and superior body with slate roofing with elegant mansards,[2] was built in 1864[3] by the Puerto Rican architect Mariano Andrés Avenoza, in a large site along the Plaza de Colón, between the Paseo de Recoletos and Calle de Génova.

It was the palace first property of the Duke of Úceda, to be acquired in 1876 by the Marquis of Salamanca, without ever reaching never live in it, and later, around 1890 it was purchased by Doña Ángela Pérez de Barradas y Bernuy, widow Duchess of Medinaceli, plus Duchess of Denia y Tarifa. For this reason, the palace has been known throughout its history by the names of Úceda, of Denia,[4] of Medinaceli,[1] and of Marqués de Salamanca,[3] the latter through which was known the building.

The palace suffered a fire on November 25, 1917, unleashed at dawn and mainly affected the façade overlooking the Plaza de Colón.[5][6] Lost countless works of art that decorated its interior. It was rebuilt and remained in place until 1964,[1] when its demolition was decided to work for speculative criteria in a plan to modernize the plaza. Currently in its place is an unsightly office, hotel and entertainment complex called Centro Colón.[7]


  1. 1 2 3 Martínez Olmedilla 1964, p. 48.
  2. Navascués Palacio 1983, Chapter II: palacios y hoteles madrileños del siglo XIX.
  3. 1 2 Navascués Palacio 1985, p. 31.
  4. "Palacio del Duque de Medinaceli". Madrid Histórico. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  5. "Incendio en el palacio de Medinaceli". La Acción. Madrid (636): 2. 25 November 1917. ISSN 2171-5181.
  6. "Incendio del palacio de Medinaceli". Mundo Gráfico. Madrid (318): 12–13. November 28, 1917. ISSN 1579-847X.
  7. Pedro Montoliú Camps (2002). Madrid, villa y corte: calles y plazas, Volumen 2. Ediciones Sílex. p. 53. ISBN 9788477371120.

Coordinates: 40°25′29″N 3°41′29″W / 40.4247°N 3.6914°W / 40.4247; -3.6914

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