Edificio Kavanagh
Edificio Kavanagh
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Vincent M
By Vincent M
The Height of Architectural Beauty
5.0 of 5 bubblesFeb 2020
Modern high-rise buildings all too often are utilitarian big boxes engineered for commercial or residential space, with little or no attempt at architectural beauty. There are exceptions (K.L.’s Petronas Towers, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, etc.), but most modern high-rises run the gauntlet from pedestrian to pug-ugly. The Edificio Kavanagh, however, combines state-of-the-(1930s)-art engineering with notable artistic vision. The engineers created a technological triumph: the tallest building in Latin America, with innovative reinforced concrete, and conveniences that included central air conditioning and a dozen elevators. And the architects made it a thing of real beauty, with stunning curves, indentations, and layers. Some folks, never happy unless they can define something unique, call the architectural style Internationalism, or Modernism or maybe Art Deco. Why pigeon-hole it? It’s a unique architectural masterpiece! As for the Kavanagh’s height: it sure is tall, but that shouldn’t impress us. The current world’s-tallest-building is 828 meters high, and sooner or later—probably sooner—someone will break the 1 kilometer barrier. But most of the modern skyscrapers taller than the Kavanagh are either Plain-Janes by comparison, or ostentatiously glitzy a la Vegas and Macau. The Kavanagh is a serenely beautiful architectural work, and a real part of Argentina’s cultural heritage. The Kavanagh is directly across from the Plaza General San Martin. But to really appreciate it, I recommend you view it from the SW corner of San Martin and the Av. del Libertador, (just east-nor’east of the Monument to the Fallen in Malvinas). Look at the Edificio Kavanagh. Then look at the remarkably ugly hotel on the opposite side of the intersection (I’ll refrain from mentioning its name) and the box-like modern high-rises with reflective windows beyond it. Then look back at the Kavanagh. It’s like comparing a Cellini chalice to a tin cup: they both hold water, but one’s a stupendous artistic work, and the other is, well, let’s say functional, at best. By the way: from the same corner, you also get a splendid view of another tall structure, the 1916 Torre Monumental. Mind you, the view I recommended is probably only the 2nd best Kavanagh Building view. The best one would be from one of the apartments at the top of the Kavanagh, looking down at us looking up. p.s. The visionary who commissioned the building was Corina Kavanagh, which is why the street’s named after her. The Basilica Santisimo Sacramento, just east of the Kavanagh, was also commissioned by a woman.

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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Modern high-rise buildings all too often are utilitarian big boxes engineered for commercial or residential space, with little or no attempt at architectural beauty. There are exceptions (K.L.’s Petronas Towers, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, etc.), but most modern high-rises run the gauntlet from pedestrian to pug-ugly. The Edificio Kavanagh, however, combines state-of-the-(1930s)-art engineering with notable artistic vision. The engineers created a technological triumph: the tallest building in Latin America, with innovative reinforced concrete, and conveniences that included central air conditioning and a dozen elevators. And the architects made it a thing of real beauty, with stunning curves, indentations, and layers. Some folks, never happy unless they can define something unique, call the architectural style Internationalism, or Modernism or maybe Art Deco. Why pigeon-hole it? It’s a unique architectural masterpiece!

As for the Kavanagh’s height: it sure is tall, but that shouldn’t impress us. The current world’s-tallest-building is 828 meters high, and sooner or later—probably sooner—someone will break the 1 kilometer barrier. But most of the modern skyscrapers taller than the Kavanagh are either Plain-Janes by comparison, or ostentatiously glitzy a la Vegas and Macau. The Kavanagh is a serenely beautiful architectural work, and a real part of Argentina’s cultural heritage.

The Kavanagh is directly across from the Plaza General San Martin. But to really appreciate it, I recommend you view it from the SW corner of San Martin and the Av. del Libertador, (just east-nor’east of the Monument to the Fallen in Malvinas). Look at the Edificio Kavanagh. Then look at the remarkably ugly hotel on the opposite side of the intersection (I’ll refrain from mentioning its name) and the box-like modern high-rises with reflective windows beyond it. Then look back at the Kavanagh. It’s like comparing a Cellini chalice to a tin cup: they both hold water, but one’s a stupendous artistic work, and the other is, well, let’s say functional, at best. By the way: from the same corner, you also get a splendid view of another tall structure, the 1916 Torre Monumental. Mind you, the view I recommended is probably only the 2nd best Kavanagh Building view. The best one would be from one of the apartments at the top of the Kavanagh, looking down at us looking up.

p.s. The visionary who commissioned the building was Corina Kavanagh, which is why the street’s named after her. The Basilica Santisimo Sacramento, just east of the Kavanagh, was also commissioned by a woman.
Written 24 February 2020
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,647 contributions
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Oct 2019
When built in 1936, it was the tallest building on the South American continent at roughly 400’/120m high. Art Deco in design, it was a residential structure. You can get good views of it from the area near the San Martin statue. On clear days, Montevideo can be seen across the Rio de la Plata. Its design looks a little awkward in the 21st c.
Written 29 October 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
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Oct 2019
This used to be the tallest building in South America and is still highly regarded for its elegant modern architecture. Legend says that Corina Kavanagh built it here to stop the Anchorena family from having a view from their home - talk about the ultimate revenge!
Written 18 October 2019
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Dr. Erick J. Mann, PhD
Buenos Aires, Argentina727 contributions
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Jun 2019
I have been to Buenos Aires numerous times. I finally decided to visit the historic Kavanagh building. The Kavanagh Building was designed in 1934 and built in 1936, and at 394 feet (120 meters) it was for a time the tallest building in Latin America. The story surrounding the origins of the building is just as interested as its distinctive art deco facade.

According to local lore, a wealthy Irishwoman by the name of Corina Kavanagh commissioned the building as a form of revenge. Corina, who was not part of the Buenos Aires aristocracy, fell in love with the son of the prominent Anchorena family. The boy’s parents didn’t approve of their engagement and ended it. In response, Corina had the building put up to obstruct the view of the Anchorena church, at the time the private mausoleum of the Anchorena family, from the family’s mansion.
Dr. Erick J Mann, PhD. Professor of History and Fulbright Scholar
Written 25 June 2019
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n9889
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Find out the history of why this building was put up where it was - a true case of payback even after it didn't matter

Beautiful church / mausoleum hidden from view.

A must see in BA
Written 29 May 2019
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Tracey G
Halesowen, UK2,081 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
Building hides the beautiful church behind. Read other reviews for the reason why. The building is really out of character with it surroundings. More North America than European.
Written 22 February 2019
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David K
Madrid, Spain130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
It’s construction took only 14 months and was commissioned in 1934 by Corina Kavanagh, a millionaire of Irish descent who sold two ranches at the age of 39 to erect her own skyscraper.
Corina Kavanagh lived for many years on the 14th floor in the largest apartment, the only one that occupies an entire floor. There is a legend that says that the shape of the building was designed as a revenge. Corina, who was from a wealthy but not an aristocrat family, fell in love with the son of the Anchorena family, who were both wealthy and aristocratic. The Anchorenas, who lived in a palace on the other side of Plaza San Martín (today known as the San Martín Palace) and had built a church that they could see from their palace, disapproved of the engagement. In revenge, Corina made only one demand to the architects: that it would block the Anchorena family's view of their church!
Written 4 November 2018
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,375 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Kavanagh Building: The exquisite, imposing Kavanagh Building was at the time of its construction (1936) the tallest skyscraper in Latin America and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. But the building also tells a story of forbidden love and subsequent revenge of Corina.
Monumento Nosotros Afuera
Monomento Nosotros Afuera is a giant mysterious egg lying in the Ginastera square, between Plaza San Martín and the entrance to the Kavanagh building. Even most of the Bunosarians do not know the significance of this monument lying on the side of Kavanagh Building which is a pride building in Buenos Aires. The building has a strange story of the revenge of Corina Kavannagh.
Written 25 September 2018
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JDB
Scottsdale, AZ5,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Certainly an interesting building. Has some cool history to it. It is not the most beautiful of buildings that BA has to offer, but still a special one in it's own right. Worth checking out, but I am not sure if I would 100% go out of my way for it.
Written 13 August 2018
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brentling
NZ338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were lucky enough to stay in one of the apartments, which is pretty much the only way to get inside, so were therefore able to see inside. This is a very cool building and very well built. The apartments are amazing, and huge, with great views - even on the lower floors. From a distance it stands out as well.
Written 19 June 2018
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