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Capitol Building:

The Carrion Building, also known as the Capitol Building, is one of the best known of the Gran Vía. Located at the corner of the street with the Jacometrezo. In the Plaza del Callao.

The building, fourteen floors, was designed by the architects Luis Martínez-Ruiz and Feduchi Vicente Eced and Eced and built between 1931 and 1933. It is art deco style, using materials like marble and granite and the decor and furniture were made by signature-ROLAC Mac. But the highlight of his time were incorporated technological advances such as the use of concrete beams Vierendel type, use of fabrics ingnífugas or cooling system, the first central Madrid and occupied an entire floor.

He received the Premio Ayuntamiento de Madrid and the 1933 Second Class Medal in the National Fine Arts Exhibition 1934. Housed in the original 64 apartments, a hotel (the Capitol, now the group Vincci), a café, a bar, restaurant, factory and office water Selzer and nightclubs. In its lower floors have a theater for 2,000 spectators, the Capitol cinema, now divided into several smaller rooms. The first owner was Enrique Carrión, Marquess of Nelina.

The bright neon of the Schweppes brand in the upper floors is one of the symbols of the Gran Vía and the city and has appeared in numerous films such as The Day of the Beast, directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

In 2007, led by the architect Rafael de la Hoz, a total restoration was completed to remove all advertisements of its facade, preserved only in a more modern and Schweppes in the mobile telephone company Vodafone on the roof.

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