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Chapter 16 - The President's Office: During the Sáenz Peña government, this space was the presidential dining room. In 1946, it was transformed into the office of the Head of State.


 Chapter 16: The President's Office 

The chair of the presidential desk was put into use during   Julio Argentino Roca  's first presidency. It is made of walnut wood decorated with the technique of gilding to the leaf. Originally, it was embroidered velvet; now, it is upholstered in celestial blue. It was acquired at the  Casa Forest in Paris  in the late 19th century, and has since been used by all the presidents.

In the imaginary of Argentines, the myth circulates that the presidential chair is the one used by   Bernardino Rivadavia  . Actually, the expression “ Rivadavia armchair ” is a way of alluding to the president's office. The oldest armchair is exhibited at the  Casa Rosada Museum,  belonged to  Santiago Derqui  , who ruled for a brief period between 1860 and 1861.

In the center of the living room, between the mirrors, we find the old home of the dining room surrounded by a refined work of boiserie , also present on the walls, doors and windows.

When the  President  is in the House, two grenadiers guard the entrance to the office.

The presidential elevator is located in the anteroom leading to the sector where the offices of the Prime President are located. Its walls, ceiling and seat are carved oak with marquetry. The   National Shield   stands out on each of the mirrors and an important chandelier made of gilded bronze and crystal. According to oral tradition, it was a gift that the Infanta  Isabel de Borbón  gave to the  Government Palace  when she visited our country on the occasion of the centenary of the   May Revolution   in 1910.

See  Chapter 15 

Source: Casa

Publication Date: 27/09/2019

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