Photographer's Note

Residence of the Ambassador of the United States of North America

History of the Palace
In the area of the Zoo, next to Palermo Parks, Ernesto Bosch and his wife, Elisa de Alvear built their house, Bosch has finish his work as ambassador of Argentine in France, and was just been called to Buenos Aires by the elected President Roque Sáenz Peña for the post of Foreign Minister
Like many Argentines, they had spent a long time in Paris, alternating their official duties with the worldly and elegant life of the Belle Epoque, the Bosch would not leave Paris without assigning the project of their Buenos Aires home to the renowned architect René Sergent
Materialization of the building was not easy nor cheap. It took dozens of detailed drawings, materials and decorations sent from the other side of the Atlantic, along with the work and interpretation of the architects Eduardo Lanús and Pablo Hary
All under the constant uncertainty and high costs involved by WW1, with ships threatened by torpedoes across the Atlantic. However, the September 6, 1918 the residence halls were open at social life, calling the smartest people of Buenos Aires
Excellent recreation of the grand hotel particulier during the eighteenth century, its most likely source of inspiration was Chateau Bénouville in Normandy, built by Claude Nicolas Ledoux, whose work Sergent especially appreciated
Years later, just before the famous financial crash of 1929 and the revolution of September 1930, the property owner also definitely change. Shortly after the visit to Buenos Aires of elect president Herbert Hoover, the U.S. ambassador Robert Woods Bliss managed to overcome the resistance of Ernesto Bosch and his wife, and acquired the building following the strategy defined by the State Department, which sought to enhance the U.S. presence abroad through diplomatic enclaves that reflect the spirit and image. No other residence of Buenos Aires has best recreated a corner of Washington that the neoclassical Palacio Bosch

The Photo
In a very hot day , near midday, I was in a taxi that stopped at the red traffic lights, my attention was called by the open windows at the second floor

*To Jason, my friend from the North

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2088 W: 17 N: 4179] (17070)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-01-04
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2014-01-16 10:35
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