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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 the first presidency of Julio Argentino Roca - Yeah . 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 light blue. It was acquired at the Forest House in Paris at the end of the 19th century, and has been used since then by all the presidents.

In the imaginary of Argentines, there is a myth that the presidential chair is the one used by Bernardino Rivadavia. In fact, the expression “Rivadavia armchair” is a way of referring to the office of the president. The oldest armchair is exhibited in 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, among the mirrors, we find the old dining room home surrounded by a refined work ofboiserie, 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 that leads to the sector where the offices of the Prime Minister are located. Its walls, roof and seat are carved oak with marquetry. Highlights include the National Shield on each of the mirrors and an important golden bronze chandelier and glass. According to oral tradition, it was a gift that the Infanta Isabel de Bourbon gave to the Government Palace when she visited our country on the occasion of the Centenary of the May Revolution in 1910.

Publication Date: 27/09/2019

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