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Palacio Bosch via U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires

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  1. ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF FRENCH NEOCLASSICAL INFLUENCE IN BUENOS AIRES THE BOSCH PALACE, SINCE THE 1930’S THE USA EMBASSY IN BUENOS AIRES.

    The Bosch Palace is an architecturally significant residence in the Palermo section of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    The French Neoclassical grand hôtel particulier was commissioned by Madame Elisa de Alvear and her husband, the well known politician, minister, ambassador and first president of the Central Bank of Argentina, Ernesto Bosch in 1910. Bosch had returned to Argentina following a tenure of six years as Argentine Ambassador to France, and the couple, both born to wealthy landowners, wished to evoke their years in Paris. They commissioned French architect René Sergent, who built the Errazuriz Alvear Palace, the Atucha Palace, the Ferreira Palace and the Alvear Palace near Buenos Aires as well. Sergent designed the Bosch Palace a “palace style house” or “Hôtel Particulier” in what was then near the northern end of Alvear Avenue, and, following Mr. Bosch resignation as Foreign Minister in 1914, he devoted more time to the project with his wife, contracting the Parisian interior designer André Carlhian, and landscape designers Achille Duchêne and Charles Thays.

    Completed in 1915, the 3,700 m² (40,000 ft²) Bosch Palace became of interest to U.S. Ambassador Robert Woods Bliss during a reception there in his honor, and in 1930, was sold by the Bosch couple to the U.S. State Department for use as the Embassy and residence of the United States Ambassador to Argentina for more than US$3 million, The mansion, situated on what today is Avenida del Libertador and overlooking Parque Tres de Febrero, became of sole use as the ambassadorial residence after the 1969 completion of the present U.S. Embassy, an architecturally spare building located within walking distance of the Bosch Palace. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was one of the US Presidents who lived in the palace during their visits to Argentina.

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