Avenida Alvear, Buenos Aires
Avenida Alvear is one Buenos Aires' best addresses - a few short blocks of elegant small palaces and old houses, the city's most exclusive shops and art galleries and some very, very grand hotels. Strolling stylishly (no-one runs in Avenida Alvear) between Recoleta at its western end to Plazoleta Carlos Pellegrini near Ave 9 de Julio in the east, it used to be longer but the widening of 9 de Julio in the 1960s saw it being truncated - though not as much as the planners wanted - the French Government refused to allow them to demolish their embassy. One victory for the lovers of beautiful architecture.
The Palacio Ortiz Basualdo ( the French embassy) and the Palacio Pereda (the Brazilian embassy) are the most famous of the Avenida's many gorgeous belle époque buildings. Others of the same era to look out for include the Palacaio Duhau (recently converted into the Park Hyatt hotel) and Palacio Fernández de Anchorena (now known as the Nunciatura Apostolica - the Vatican embassy). The spendid Hotel Alvear came later - it was built in 1932.
My favourite is the pretty house that now houses the Ralph Lauren shop (Alvear 1780) - not a palace but a charming Art Nouveau mansion that retains many of its original internal features. You might like to combine sight-seeing with a little shopping here - their prices are a bit lower than in North America and Europe.
Beginning one block north of the Basilica del Pilar - and one block north of the institution that is La Biela - Avenida Alvear is one of the more upper class streets to be found in the City. The avenue runs for only seven blocks, ending at the French Embassy near the north end of the Avenida 9 de Julio. Huge palaces can be found along the street – many of the most ostentatious being used today as embassies – Brazil, France, Vatican City, Hyatt. Shops, tres chic, can be found along the avenue – Galeria Alvear at 1759-1779 Av Alvear, a fine example. Both the National House of Culture – Casa Nacional de Cultura – and the National Academy – Casa de las Academias Nacionales –are along this street. The Alvear Palace Hotel – one of the most magnificent and expensive in BsAs – is located one block off the Recoleta parks and the Park Hyatt is just off the eastern end.
I never found out exactly which Alvear the Avenue is named for. The family's history is very long and several have made big names for themselves both in Argentina and BsAs - from collaborators of San Martin to Argentine presidents. The family tomb greets you on the right as you walk into la Recoleta.
La Av. Alvear fue trazada en 1885 por el Intendente Torcuato de Alvear y bautizada en homenaje a su padre, Carlos Maria de Alvear, general y político que presidió la Asamblea del año 1813 y fue Director Supremo de las provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata en 1815
Las primeras cuadras muestran comercios, con la presencia de los grandes diseñadores internacionales, joyerías, anticuarios y modas. En esquina de Ayacucho está el Hotel Alvear Palace y a la izquierda del mismo está la Residencia Hume. En la esquina enfrentada está la Casa de la Cultura. Continuando por Av. Alvear, del lado izquierda, está la Residencia Duhau y a su lado se encuentran la Nunciatura Apostólica..Bajando por Montevideo y a la derecha por Posadas, está el Patio Bullrich , Shopping Center. Volviendo a Posadas y subiendo a la izquierda por la Calle Libertad, se llega a la Plaza Carlos Pellegrini y a la derecha, está la Embajada de Brasil y en la esquina, la sede de la Embajada de Francia.
The Av. Alvear was traced in 1885 by the Intendant Torcuato of Alvear and baptized in homage to its father, Carlos María of Alvear, general and politician that he presided over the Assembly of the year 1813 and it was Managing Supreme of the counties Together of the River of the Silver in 1815
The first blocks show trade, with the presence of the big international designers " Emporio Armani, Polo Ralph, Louis vuitton, etc. jeweler'ses, antique dealers and fashions. In corner of Ayacucho it is the Hotel Alvear Palace and to the left of the same one it is the Residence Hume. The House of the Culture is in the faced corner. Continuing for Av. Alvear, of the side left, it is the Residence Duhau and to their side they are the Apostolic Nunciate.. Lowering for Montevideo and to the right for Inns, it is the Patio Bullrich, Shopping Center. Returning to Inns and going up to the left down the street Freedom, you arrives at the Square Carlos Pellegrini and to the right, the Embassy of Brazil is and in the corner, the headquarters of the Embassy of France.