Palacio Barolo

Palacio Barolo is a 22-story office building, located at 1370 Avenida de Mayo, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Italian architect Mario Palanti was commissioned to design the building by the empresario Luis Barolo, an Italian immigrant who had arrived in Argentina in 1890 and had made a fortune in knitted fabrics. The basic design, in Eclectic style, was conceived simultaneously with one for the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Palacio Barolo was designed in accordance with the cosmology of Dante's Divine Comedy, motivated by the architect's admiration for Alighieri. There are 22 floors, divided into three "sections". The basement and ground floor represent hell, floors 1-14 are the purgatory, and 15-22 represent heaven. The building is 100 meters (328 feet) tall, one meter for each canto of the Divine Comedy. The lighthouse at the top of the building can be seen all the way in Montevideo, Uruguay. The owner planned to use only 3 floors, and to rent the rest.

Name Palacio Barolo
State Finished
Height 100 m (328ft)
No. Floors 22
Borough
Address
Montserrat
Avenida de Mayo 1370
Use Offices
Style Eclectic
Arquitect(s) Mario Palanti
Date of build 1919-23
Area 16,630 m² (179,000 ft²)

When completed in 1923 it was the tallest building, not only in the city, but also in the whole of South America. It remained the city's tallest building until 1935 when, on completion, the Kavanagh Building took over this title.

In 1997 this building was declared a national historic monument.

Today it is mainly lawyer offices and there is also a Spanish language school, a store that sells Tango clothing and a theater in the basement level.

References

  • Mimi Bohm, Buenos Aires, Art Nouveau, Ediciones Xavier Verstraeten, Buenos Aires, 2005.
  • Palacio Barolo brochure from a guided tour.

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Melania Spagnoli
26 October 2019
For sure a must see attraction in Buenos Aires. The guided tour takes about one hour and a half and you get to see the city from the light tower. A beautiful trip in Dante’s Divina Commedia.
Tiago Uribe
6 May 2014
El palacio es interesante de visitar y la historia ludica y entretenida. La vista desde la torre es increible y diria una de las mejores de buenos aires, la visita guiada no es de lo mejor.
Maga Tocalini
6 May 2018
Hermoso edificio histórico, hicimos la visita nocturna; hermosa vista de la ciudad, encendido del faro, música de fondo y un riquísimo vino al final. Sumamente recomendable
Diego Castro
5 December 2018
Pouco conhecido para turistas, mas é necessário visitar, um lugar lindo, inspirado no livro A Divina Comédia, arquiteta maravilhosa e uma vista sensacional no alto do farol. Visite esse lugar
Luis Urea
7 March 2015
La visita guiada está bastante entretenida y llena de muchos detalles y anécdotas. La vista arriba es hermosa. Lo que no sé es si amerita que cueste 250 pesos.
Mayara Fernandes
3 July 2019
Arquitetura MA RA VI LHO SA! O tour é muito bom! Fui no noturno e a vista é deslumbrante e a guia é super atenciosa. Sabe aquele passeio que não dá pra perder? Então...
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Avenida de Mayo 1302-1400, Buenos Aires, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina Get directions
Mon-Wed-Fri 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
Tue 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

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