Edificio Kavanagh, Buenos Aires

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Architectural Building Landmark
You can't miss Edificio Kavanagh, a 120 m (394 ft) art deco skyscraper soaring high above Plaza San Martín. Upon completion in 1935, the skyscraper held the record as the tallest building in Latin America. Try to capture a complete photo of the distinctive tiered building; according to local legend, Corina Kavanagh commissioned it to spite her ex-lover's family, blocking the sunshine from entering their basilica. While you could take a tour of the building in the past, nowadays you can only go inside if you stay in one of its holiday rental apartments. If that's not the case, admire the exterior's striking geometric design. Plan your visit to Edificio Kavanagh and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Buenos Aires itinerary planner.
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  • Despite the years the Kavanagh building does not lose its charm. With rationalist architectural style, it has 120 meters in height and thirty floors. It was opened in 1936, being the first skyscraper in Buenos Aires and, in its time, the highest in Latin America. Still, it is interesting to stop and admire its slender lines. You must visit.
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  • A building of great category which at the time of its construction was the highest in Buenos Aires. An architectural jewel.
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  • At the end of Florida, a high building draws attention for your very interesting story! Worth a stop on the sidewalk for a PIC!
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  • Quite an amazing building. Beautiful!!! It's a pity that they let all the ACs hanging on to the building.
  • When it was built, it was the highest building in Latin America. Built with the funds of a mrs. Kavanagh, a very wealthy widow. Local legend has it the building was constructed out of spite because a local old money family would not let their daughter marry mrs. Kavanagh's son. This family owned a mansion on one end of the square and their own family chapel (church sized) on the other end of the square. As you will see that church is now blocked from view because of the Kavanagh building square in front of it. Not sure if it is true, but you have got to admit it makes for a good story ;-)
  • An architectural icon in the city, but that desperately cries for a revamping
  • Impressive
  • Marriott here is Plaza Hotel, good hospitality

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