The very old Planes house is a paradigm of the Latin meaning of Les Corts: farmhouse surrounded by cultivated fields.
The first documented news dates back to 1515, already linked to this family name: Jaume Planes. We know the history of the lineage that he owned until 1950, thanks to the exemplary research of Imma Navarro; Fortunately, she had found all the documentation intact.
Over four centuries, eleven generations of hereus are carefully referenced, up to the last: Francesc Planes i Buera, co-owner of the Regia perfumery. The peculiarity of Catalan civil law and the fact that there was never a lack of men in the family explains why the aforementioned surname was always kept present throughout so long.
When it was sold, both the house and the fields were in the impeccable condition that the presence of an active and vivid complex demanded. The building maintained the careful atmosphere typical of a rural environment. A significant detail that stands out is a small sculptural relief embedded above the main door: the shield of the patron saint Santa Eulàlia, the initial of the owner's surname and the year 1702, when the end of a considerable renovation and expansion of the building was completed. home. Another most striking detail is the large sundial.
The farmhouse had a generous plot of land around it, more than three hectares (the Eixample block as a reference: one hectare) that were still dedicated to dryland crops and vineyards.
In the middle of the Carlist war, Captain General Manuel Pavía rode through the area on horseback; He was spotted and pursued by an enemy patrol. He stood in Can Planes and asked the masovero to hide him. He gave him peasant clothes and ordered him to climb to the top of an olive tree. When the armed group arrived, he confessed not having seen anyone. Saved, Pavia rewarded him: all his descendants would be freed from military service. It was fulfilled until 1936.
When Barça decided to build a field larger than Les Corts, president Montal commissioned my father, a member of the board, to look for land. He considered it essential that closeness prevail. He did not hesitate to choose this farm and a neighboring tile. The purchase was formalized in 1950. And the preserved farmhouse was rehabilitated as the headquarters of the Barça youth academy.