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Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Among the greatest architects who worked in Buenos Aires, the French Edouard Le Monnier is one of the most remarkable ones. He arrived to Buenos Aires in 1896 invited by local authorities. His first work was a bakery store “La Burdalesa” in 1901. His breakthrough was the facade of a residence in 1642 Lima Street, which won the Buenos Aires Government Architectural Prize of 1904.

The aristocratic families of that time set their eyes on him to build their residences in Barrio Norte neighborhood. The most outstanding work was the Fernández Anchorena Palace (today the Apostolic Nunciature) in 1637 Alvear Avenue. Among its finest pieces there’s also a palace on 3260 De Los Incas Avenue, in Belgrano, and the Argentine Yacht Club built in Puerto Madero in 1913.

Some other main masterpieces you can visit in Buenos Aires are: the Argentine-Uruguayan Bank (525 Róque Sáenz Peña Avenue), Bencich Brothers Building (801 Córdoba Street), Miguel Bencich Building (602 Róque Sáenz Peña Avenue), Bencich Building (615 Róque Sáenz Peña Avenue), Rent houses (1399 Suipacha Street) and Bencich Rent Houses (802 Tucumán Street). Many of these building are close to our Hostel Colonial.

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