The constitution of the Chamber

The Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Barcelona was constituted in October 1886, in a solemn ceremony held in the Gilded Hall of the Llotja de Mar. Manuel Girona i Agrafel, the principal promoter of the Chamber, was elected as its first president.

One of the first actions of the new institution was to request an appropriate space inside the Llotja to establish its offices. In February 1892 it was granted a small room at one end of the portico. As the various entities housed in the Llotja (the Provincial Council of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce, the Association of Shipowners and Shipping Agents, the School of Fine Arts, the Stock Exchange, etc.) disappeared or moved elsewhere, the Chamber progressively occupied new spaces. By 1909 it was using a part of the main floor: the “Ships Hall,” the Gilded Hall and the Lucretia Hall. Later, in 1919, the rest of the first floor; in 1973, the Consular Hall; and at the beginning of this century, the rooms on the ground floor.

The Chamber is the institution that has taken charge of maintaining and progressively decorating the building, a task that has culminated at the start of this 21st century with its total rehabilitation.