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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WeimarGuy
San Diego, CA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Friends
we had a group of 11 of us rented the entire 14th floor for a week, 5 couples with their own bedrooms and they even allowed us to put a single in the maid's quarters. It was terrific for the group. Great location and amazing views. Having the common space (and terraces) was perfect for a group of friends. The building is well constructed so we had a party with a DJ and utilized the underlit dance floor. How often can u do that on vacation?
It is not the 4 seasons as far as fit and finish as its use as a rental is showing in the cabinetry and carpeting especially but given the space, bathrooms, views and locations it was a good value. Andrew (the owner's rep) is very helpful and even invited us out to his ranch. When 6 people had their flts delayed he allowed them to stay an extra night even though he had already returned our entire deposit. We would all stay their again next time.
Written April 7, 2012
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Dr. Erick J. Mann, PhD
Buenos Aires, Argentina878 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 June 25, 2019
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Helene S
Houston, TX1,949 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
According to urban legend, Corina Kavanagh represented "new money" and fell in love with a wealthy, aristocratic son from the Anchorena family. The Anchorena family had built a private church that they could view from their palace, but had planned on building a newer mansion closer to the church. Ultimately, the mother Mercedes Castellanos de Anchorena, who strongly opposed the relationship, managed to end the engagement. Corina Kavanagh, heart-broken, hurt and humiliated, decided to take out her revenge by building a reinforced concrete high-rise that would completely obstruct the view from the Anchorena's palace.

Corina had to sell three estancias in Venado Tuerto to finance her project and buy the land next to the church when Mercedes was on vacation. In 14 months, the Kavanagh Building became the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world and for many years remained the tallest building in Latin America. The 33 floor building was the first in Argentina to boast central air conditioning. The 12 elevators, five staircases, a ground floor shopping center and underground parking made it a very desirable property. Other unique features included a swimming pool, integrated drycleaner service, cold storage for furs and carpets, and a central telephone system .
Written August 28, 2016
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RMartinSDXB
Buenos Aires, Argentina1,661 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
A symbol of past architecture, the Kavanagh its a big part of the Buenos Aires Heritage. Easy to spot from San Martin Park, its a must place to see if you do one of the many walking circuits within the downtown. In the past, there used to be a couple of tours accessing the tower but now a days you only have the privilege of seeing it from inside if you rent one of the very expensive airbnb rentals. Besides a couple pictures, its something to see just for a few minutes and move on...
Written December 19, 2015
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 October 29, 2019
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n9889
7 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 May 29, 2019
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Tassaduq Hussain
Multan, Pakistan3,368 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 September 25, 2018
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brentling
NZ327 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 June 19, 2018
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dskid
Overland Park, KS2,508 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
While this was probably part of one of the more interesting stops on the free walking tour it's a pretty forgettable story and building. Only my wife's maiden name made this at all interesting for us.

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Written May 1, 2017
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namchegompa
Oaxaca, Mexico298 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
Such an impressive piece of concrete! For being such a solid form it has delicate angles and fine lines which makes for a lot of personality. At one time this was the tallest building in the city.
Written January 14, 2013
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