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Old June 16th, 2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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An example of an old 19th century skyscraper - in Buenos Aires

Look at this old building in Buenos Aires, it's one of the many jewels that you can find in the city. 210 ft. tall
Architect: Rönnow (Danish)

In its offices was that the Austro-Hungarian Empire Legacy worked until its disolution in 1918.

This presence reflects on its shapes and meanings: the highest dome, crowned by a Sun, represents the image of the Kaiser Franz Joseph I of Hapsburg; while the smaller one possesses a crown and a moon (then lost) that symbolize the presence of the Empress Elisabeth (Sissy) of Possenhofen, Queen of Bavaria, Austria. Their author unfolds an ornamental repertoire plagued of symbols and associations:

Each one of the colossuses of the antropomorphus brackets was done in the image and likeness of those who constructed the building (the blacksmith, the bricklayer, the carpenter, the own architect). In its basement and crowning there are images from the Argentine fauna, like condors, penguins, bears, owls, and even from the indigenous population. Those were built by assignment of the Architect Otto Wulf.

This singular work would be the only one carried out by the danish architect Rönnow –of the Jugendstil school- in the country. Jugendstil: In German is a synonym of Art Nouveau.


















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Old June 16th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #2
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cool building, needs a cleaning.
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Old June 17th, 2005, 10:23 AM   #3
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Absolutely beautiful..
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Old June 17th, 2005, 02:19 PM   #4
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What's up with the first floor?
Beautiful building!
It' s a pitty that my homecity at that time got height limits - 6 floors and 20something meters - otherwise we would have something similar at home. Buenos Aires did not have height limits?
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Old June 17th, 2005, 04:08 PM   #5
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No, we didn't.. That's why we got a few skyscrapers at the time (a 100 mts skyscraper in 1921 and some 80 mts skyscrapers around 1910)

Now we do have a height limit: 180 mts
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Old June 18th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #6
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I love buildings like these.
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Old June 19th, 2005, 07:36 AM   #7
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fantastic building, history and city
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Old June 20th, 2005, 03:30 PM   #8
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A treasure!
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Old June 20th, 2005, 07:05 PM   #9
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Quote:
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What's up with the first floor?
it's closed... but don't worry because that district is growing a lot. and there aren't any more offices available, so they are doing up a lot of old buildings
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 05:49 PM   #10
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I LOVE THIS BUILDING!!
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Old June 22nd, 2005, 09:01 PM   #11
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Looks gorgeous
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Old June 23rd, 2005, 05:27 PM   #12
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I like it ,a LOT
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Old April 20th, 2006, 02:28 AM   #13
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Great building!!!
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Old April 20th, 2006, 02:33 AM   #14
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The detail in that building is amazing
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Old April 20th, 2006, 02:53 AM   #15
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Amazing.It's a shame I didn't visit this building when I was in BA last year
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Old April 20th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #16
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I love Buenos Aires and its buildings but this one kinda gives me the creeps... lol
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That building is awesome, I would kill to live on the top floor
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Old April 21st, 2006, 01:44 AM   #18
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I would kill to have it in my city This building should be on the gold list of UNESCO or something..
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Old April 21st, 2006, 07:05 PM   #19
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Wow, lovely..
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Cool, beautiful details!
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