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Hugo Passarello

Argentina: The architecture of Francisco Salamone in Buenos Aires

Argentina: The architecture of Francisco Salamone in Buenos Aires

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Between 1936 and 1940 the Italian-Argentinean architect, Francisco Salamone, built more than 60 buildings in about 25 municipalities of the Province of Buenos Aires.
The governor of Buenos Aires, Manuel Fresco, commissioned him to build three buildings: the cemetery, to represent tradition; the slaughterhouse, to show the economic power of the Pampas; and the municipality, to show political power.
In an area where only the plain reigns, the buildings had to be high to stand out in the landscape and to surpass the churches, until those years the highest constructions of the Pampas.
In just four years Salamone modified the monotonous Pampean landscape with its art deco buildings that break with its surroundings and take the visitor out of context. 
 

Between 1936 and 1940 the Italian-Argentinean architect, Francisco Salamone, built more than 60 buildings in about 25 municipalities of the Province of Buenos Aires.
The governor of Buenos Aires, Manuel Fresco, commissioned him to build three buildings: the cemetery, to represent tradition; the slaughterhouse, to show the economic power of the Pampas; and the municipality, to show political power.
In an area where only the plain reigns, the buildings had to be high to stand out in the landscape and to surpass the churches, until those years the highest constructions of the Pampas.
In just four years Salamone modified the monotonous Pampean landscape with its art deco buildings that break with its surroundings and take the visitor out of context.