Can Millet is the private residence of a line of ship captains from Masnou, including José Martí Casals. At the end of the 19th century, the family commissioned the remodelling of the house to architect Gaietà Buïgas i Monravà, who also designed the House of Charity in Masnou and the Christopher Columbus monument in Barcelona.
The decorative splendour of the façade is striking, especially the floral and geometric motifs that frame doors and windows, the garland sgraffito under the openwork cornice and balustrade, and the small landscaped garden in front.
The development of sea trade in the municipality, both coastal and transatlantic –from the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century– contributed to the appearance of one of the most important social groups in Masnou, seamen. The fortunes made in trade and in the Americas was reflected in the construction of extravagant private manors. This is the case of other Masnou captains’ villas, such as Ca l’Indià, owned by Captain Gaietà Bertran, and Cal Senyor, built by Captain Félix Maristany.
At present, Can Patatetes –as it is popularly known– is a private home.