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EXPERIENCES IN BUENOS AIRES – PALACE ÁLZAGA UNZÚE

I love palaces, I think that I lived in one of them (or in all!) in my past life. Buenos Aires was born to be the Paris of South America that is why I really enjoy all the beauty from France walking along the streets of my city. I invite you to come in….

Félix Saturnino de Alzaga Unzué asked an English architect Roberto Prentice in 1916 to build his palace as a wedding present to his wife Elena Peña, in Cerrito 1400, next to 9 of July Av.

It was inspired in the castles of Loire´s Valley, so ornate and luxury.

The construction began in 1916, in the middle of the First World War, and it was completed shortly after the war ended.

It is recognized as one of the best examples of architecture of Buenos Aires in the early twentieth century. The eclecticism of the Belle Epoque, mixing styles like French, English and Italian is very well reflected in the mansion.

Two floors, a garage,  they had a Cadillac and a Mercedes Benz, one basement with a dining room for 20 servants, kitchens, winery, laundry. There were places of fencing and armory, put up in the rooms of children who never came. We can notice feminine details and French style in some of the rooms because of Elena´s influence.

That was the place where he lived with his wife. They loved travelling to Mar del Plata, Paris, Derby of Chantilly (their horses competed there) and they were always busy with aristocracy parties, meetings at the Jockey Club where he was the president from 1934 to 1950. They were polite, simple and friendly.

Both of them are in Recoleta Cemetery in the Unzue mausoleum, and they left us a great place to dream about how the aristocracy lived at that time in Buenos Aires.

Nowadays, this palace well known as La Mansion is part of a five star hotel and due to a very detailed and expensive restoration have 7 different suites, huge lobbies and receptions.

Here you have some photos, when I picture myself walking up and down in the stunning stairs of this amazing palace.

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<h1 style="text-align: center;">Facts</h1>

The Family had several Palaces. This one was just one of them. The Jockey Club is well known as The Palace Unzue, as this one is The Palace Álzaga Unzúe. The other palace that they had was the presidencial house where Evita Peron died. That Mansion was The presidencial house where Evita and Peron lived while he was the president of the nation. As the Dictatorship after the Peronist goverment did not wanted the Palace to be a Memorial of Evita, they demolished the building. After that, they converted that space to what is now the National Library.

Martín Alzaga Unzué borned in 1901 was a playboy and a profesional Argentinean driver. He was a direct family of Martin de Alzaga, a man that fought against the English in the Invation of 1806 and 1807. Their related called him “Macoco”. He was expulsed from many important european schools. He participate in many international races like the 500 miles of Indianapolis. In 1931 he opened the most important luxury Cabaret in New York called “Bath Club”. The club was a total succes, people as Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe or Tryman Capote where clients. He had to close it because the gangsters in New York. The famous argentinean phrase “TIRAR MANTECA AL TECHO = “throw butter to the roof” (that means when someone spend a lot of money without caring) derivates as the common practice of Martin of throwing butter to the breast of a woman painted in the roof of his house.

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