The facade of the De Ridder mansion on Alvear Avenue in Buenos Aires during its expansion, around 1927

In Buenos Aires’ golden age, Alvear Avenue was Frenchified. It was based on the aesthetics of large residences preserved along with its short six blocks that, with few exceptions, recreated in the Beaux-Arts style of the Ancien Régime. The culmination of its axis is the great dome of the old residence Ortiz Basualdo, the current French Embassy, to which the Plaza Carlos Pellegrini with its monument by Jules-Félix Coutan serves as a setting, that can be considered as the apotheosis of a paradigm that…
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