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Old July 31st, 2016, 05:20 AM   #1
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Palaces & Mansions of Caballito, Buenos Aires

Palaces & Mansions of Caballito, Buenos Aires




With a very strong identity among the boundaries of Buenos Aires, Caballito remains as some sort of border between the West and the Downtown of the city. More than 100 years ago, the neighborhood was known for its extensive mansions and french/english palaces. Few decades later, at the middle of the 20th Century, it became the most populated area of the country, with a vast massive amount of buildings. Among the residential examples, the Femenil Palace is probably the most massive one:










The schools of the neighborhood were, at the same time, the ones who occupied more terrain and their buildings mostly utilized the same english neogothic and northern italian styles. Within those is the Primera Junta School, a unique Beaux Arts palace who is today the only big palace of the old times who still remains in one piece:

























Just in front of the borders of the neighborhood, within the Centenary Park, there's a concentration of palaces for public use, built on the beginning of the 20th Century aswell. The most relevant case is the Museum of Natural Science, divided into two parts: the italian and the Art Deco extension, both of them with motifs of animals on the walls.
















In front of the Museum is the Divino Rostro School, on a very strange boomerang-like terrain:










Also, the palaces of the neighborhood can be seen on the industrial architecture. In this case, the Gran Depósito Caballito, a huge water tank who shows the ambition of the architecture and the society on that era:










These are a few more examples of this kind of architecture in Caballito: the Ferro Club, the Art Nouveau's Rawson School, the Pasteur Institute at the Centenary Park, and the Opus Dei mansion in front of the Rivadavia Park:














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Ferro Carril Oeste Club





The most emblematic place for sports in the neighborhood of Caballito is the Ferro Carril Oeste Club, who almost was at the beginning an exclusive place for british immigrants. That’s why the official shield has a gothic design, aswell as the english neogothic architecture of the main palace of the club. It’s widely recognized nowadays on Handball, Basket and Voley, and also on most of the time through its history on Football (First Division). It also is one of the top places for international concerts and relevant national massive events. The colours use by the club, the green and the white, follows somehow the two main colours used by the Railway lines in Argentina at the beginning of the 20th Century.











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Club Italiano (Italian Club)



In one of the hearts of the neighborhood of Caballito, around the Rivadavia Park, lies one of the sport’s jewel of Buenos Aires: the Club Italiano. As usual in the beginning of the 20th Century, this club follows the manual of the Beaux Arts architecture in the city. It also keeps its legacy of progress through work, who’s also the main pillar of the italian immigrants. Furthermore, it also has the same soul of the neighborhood, having in mind that Caballito is the most populated place in the city, built by middle-class professionals whom progressed through the decades. The Club Italiano, from 7PM to 9PM is the core of the soul of this area of Buenos Aires from mondays to fridays, a time where the people usually go mostly play rugby, basket, and hockey, among others. Surviving decades and decades, the Club Italiano managed to renew itself. However, it also keeps its traditional restaurant and playroom, where many love stories originated throughout the decades with the ladies who went to play cards and the guys who played billiard.













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English Neighborhood of Caballito




It could be said that the spirit of the Middle Class of Argentina and specially Buenos Aires lies within the neighborhood of Caballito, who functions like a tiny city inside the city itself. Apart from its sub-neighborhoods and areas like Primera Junta, the Centenary Park, or the Rivadavia Park, are also other hidden zones like the Barrio Inglés (translated: “English Neighborhood”), a few delimited blocks between two of the most expensive areas of Buenos Aires: the Pedro Goyena and Alberdi avenues. This british oasis was built to accommodate the english workers who constructed the rail infraestructure of the West Buenos Aires (of the Sarmiento Line). Paradoxically, most of the styles used in the houses were italian and french, though there are a few examples of the English Tudor and the Norman architecture aswell.













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