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PUERTO MADERO

It is the youngest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Its restaurants, its tall and sumptuous buildings and the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve stand out.

HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDS:

The first port of Buenos Aires city was on the present Riachuelo, in La Boca neighbourhood. Many years later there was another port, a precarious one, on the
River Plate (Río de La Plata). In 1860 and due to the increase of the volume of trade, it was necessary the building of a suitable port. Therefore two projects were presented, one belonged to Engineer Luis A. Huergo and the other one to Eduardo Madero. Finally Eduardo Madero’s project was performed. It was a polemical work, entrusted by President Roca in 1884 and inaugurated in 1889. It consisted of four interconnected dykes, parallel to the coast, it had two entrances: North Dock and South Dock. Its inefficacy was quickly proved because of the intense maritime trade. As a consequence, in 1919, the works to build a new port began. It was called New Port and it was built following Huergo’s ideas. It was opened in 1925 and it is situated in the north of Retiro. It consists of six docks which are perpendicular to the coast. From 1925 Madero Port became inactive. There were several projects to reactivate the area, until in 1989 Mayor Carlos Grosso decided to give an urban use to the port. The old buildings called “dockes” were recycled and transformed into modern housing and ellegant restaurants. In 1998, it was oficially established as a new neighbourhood.
Puerto Madero is delimited by Cecilia Grierson, the continuation of Córdoba Av., Madero Av., Huergo Av., Elvira R.de Dellepiane, the continuation of Brasil Av and the River Plate. The neighborhood has a very special characteristic: its parks and streets only have the names of women who stood out in different activities.

 

PLACES TO VISIT:

WEST MADERO PORT: there are fashionable restaurants between the docks and downtown, along Alicia Moreau de Justo Avenue.

CORBETA URUGUAY SHIP MUSEUM: at dock 4 you can visit its deck and interior. It was built in British shipyards, bought by Sarmiento in 1872 and launched in 1874. It was the school ship of the Argentinian Navy.

FRAGATA SARMIENTO SHIP MUSEUM: it is at dock 3. It was for many years the school ship of the National Navy, where cadets learnt the sailor’s job. It was also the badge ship of the National Navy between 1899 and 1938. It was built in England in 1898 upon requests of the Argentinian government. You can visit its deck and interior.


EAST MADERO PORT: between the docks and the River Plate, especially on Juana Manso Av, there is a new real estate business. Several buildings stand out, some of them are being constructed. The main ones are LIGHTHOUSE TOWERS (TORRES DEL FARO), it is 170 meters high and it is on Calabria Av. and Azucena Villaflor, together with Le Parc in Palermo, they are the highest buildings in Buenos Aires; THE PORTEÑO BUILDING whose facade reminds us of old buildings in New York, it is on Juana Manso Av., and another Le Parc building is being constructed on Azucena Villaflor Street.

YACHT CLUB MADERO PORT: it is at dock 4 and it was opened in August in 1997.

WOMAN BRIDGE (PUENTE DE LA MUJER): it is at dock 3 and it joins both sectors. It is known by this name because it is in a neighbourhood where all its streets carry women’s names. It is pedestrian and it allows maritime activity because of its rotation system. It was built by the Valencian engineer Santiago Calatrava.

HOTEL HILTON: it is near dock 3, on Macacha Guemes Av. and Juana Manso Av. It has a different architectonic style in Madero Port.

MONUMENT TO JUAN MANUEL FANGIO: It is on Azucena Villaflor between Manso and Paine, across from the DaimlerChrysler Argentina building. It was inaugurated on November 15, 2005, in recognition to the quintuple motor racing world champion, Juan Manuel Fangio. It is made up of a natural scale monument of the famous driver together with his Silver Arrow, a Mercedes-Benz W196.

COSTANERA SUR AV.: People know it by this name, although it officially has the name of Intendente Carlos Noel up to its crossing with Azucena Villaflor and of Tristán Achaval Rodríguez up to the end of it. It was opened in 1924, and it was for several years the only place the Porteños had to go near the river. There are wide pavements, gardens and monuments. When its coast was filled up, the Ecological Reserve was born.

ECOLOGICAL RESERVE (RESERVA ECOLOGICA): it originated in 1972 because of the project to build a coast highway and also the administrative center of the city, where the House of Government, Departments, etc would be placed. In this way, land was gained to the river and it was filled up with sediments obtained when the River Plate was dredged. After a stone barrier was built on the bed of the river, spontaneously and as a consequence of the periodical floods of the River Plate sedimentary material and plants from other places were brought. So scrubs and reeds started to grow and then some trees appeared and finally a rich aquatic and poultry fauna began to live there. In 1986 it was declared Natural Park and Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve by the Deliberative Council and supported by non-government organizations such as Wild Life. It has an area of approximately 360 hectares. People can visit it daily, there are even nocturnal guide visits when there is full moon, following the established paths. You can enter by the continuation of Viamonte Street or of Brasil Avenue where the main entrance and an Information Center are, the final destination in both cases is the River Plate.

MONUMENT TO THE WINGED LION OF SAINT MARCOS: it is at the crossing of Macacha Güemes Av. and de los Italianos Av. It is a typical Venetian figure, which was donated by the Italian government.

HEAD OFFICE OF MUSEUMS OF BUENOS AIRES: it is the former museum of telecommunications. It is at 851 De los Italianos Av., Tel.:4516-0941/9. Before being a museum it had been the Munich Pub. It was buit in 1927. It used to be the fashionable meeting point of that time.

COASTGUARD MONUMENT: : it is opposite The Pergola. It was built in honor to Argentinian Navy Prefecture.

THE PERGOLA–MONUMENT TO LUIS VIALE: it is at the crossing of Costanera Sur Av. and Azucena Villaflor St. (the continuation of Belgrano Av.). It used to be the perfect place to look at the River Plate. Luis Viale died in a shipwreck when he gave his lifejacket to a woman and her daughter, who built this monument in his honor.

SOUTH BATHING RESORT: it was opened in 1918. It used to be an important public bathing resort where Porteño people would gather.

LAS NEREIDAS FOUNTAIN: it is opposite South Bathing Resort, on Costanera Sur Av. It was made in Rome in 1902 by the Tucuman sculptress Lola Mora. This piece of work, which has excellent artistic qualities, produced an adverse reaction in the population of that time because of the nudes. So they decided not to appreciate it and to put it in this distant place. It is made of Carrara marble and represents the figure of the Goddess of Love and Beauty.

MICAELA BASTIDAS PARK: it is surrounded by Calabria Av., Julieta Lanteri Av and Vera Peñaloza Av. It is a new and extense green space of seven hectares. Its main characterisitc is the elevation of the ground, so three hills create different sectors in the park: the Garden Square, where only roses are grown and there is also a mount of silver poplars and other species. The other two spaces are called Children Square and Sun Square, which are used to play and sunbathe respectively. These places of different heights are joined by several paths and stairs.

OUR LADY OF HOPE CHURCH: it is on Aimé Painé and Vera Peñaloza Av. It belongs to Argentinian Navy Prefecture. It was opened in 1996.

FLOATING CASINO: it is at the South Dock. It works in the ship The star of the Fortune, which is a replica of the steamships that used to sail the Mississippi River in the USA. It is open 24 hours a day.