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Historic buildings of Mendoza are already “national monument”

Mauricio Macri declared as a national monument to the Gómez building in Ciudad, two schools and the beach resort Playas Serranas.


Through a decree, President Mauricio Macri declared as a national historical monument the emblematic building Gómez (City), the schools Daniel Videla Correas (City) and Justo José de Urquiza (Maipú) and the spa Serranas Beaches (current Moyano Museum, in the Park General San Martín). The four works define the modern Mendoza of the twentieth century and continue to arouse the fascination of the Mendoza who pass by there and wonder about its origins, some more unique than others.

It is no coincidence that these four architectural works, of great value to the Mendoza community, have been devised by Jorge Arturo Civit and Manuel Civit. In 1954, the brothers erected one of the main emblems of the center: the Gómez building. Located in Garibaldi Street, in the heart of the City of Mendoza, with its 12 floors and 34 meters high it was imposed until the 1990s as the highest in the metropolitan area.

Despite being so popular, the work attracts not only the attention of tourists, but also the attention of Mendoza, who raise their heads every time they pass through Kilometre 0 to glimpse with your own eyes the building that illustrates each aerial panorama of the Great Mendoza.

Modern school architecture

From touring the city, it is very likely that the traffic congestion in rush hour forces us to ignore another one of the now called national historical monuments. Even though it enjoys a wide range of esplanade. It's about the school Daniel Videla Correas, located at the intersection of Paso de los Andes and Manuel A. Sáez, whose building was opened in 1941 to meet the growing demand educational sector.

But it's not the only school declared as a monument historical. To the southeast of Capital, in the urban core of Maipú, you can appreciate the building where the school Justo José de Urquiza, which was opened in 1936. However, the classes had already begun in 1861, “with 13 students and seven to enter”, according to is contained in the records of the time, albeit with another infrastructure.

The museum that was a spa in the park

Finally, a beach which is also a monument. In what is today the Museum of Natural Sciences Juan Cornelio Moyano, it worked not ago more than 60 years the resort of Playas Serranas, the local equivalent to a mini Mar del Plata in the General San Martín Park.

Since 1937, and for almost two decades, the most wealthy in Mendoza mitigated the January heat on the shores of the lake, which was only used for regatta and other water sports.

The design, almost identical to the current one, evoked a naval style, with the lines of a ship, the roof and its tower, along with a few flirty lifeguards on the railings of the terraces.

To enjoy the afternoon, it was not necessary to take the basket to the spa, since the building operated a confectionery shop with a telephone for free use of the customers, a luxury for those times. At night, the current museum scientist became the favorite bowling alley for young people and, maybe, the only weekly departure.

Publication Date: 10/02/2020

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