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For 50 years, who traveled through the Juan B. Justo Avenue , in the City of Buenos Aires , it ran into a vehicular bridge at the height of the neighborhoods Villa Crespo and Palermo . Two years ago, that bridge was demolished as part of a project for raise the railroad tracks San Martín . This fact, of course, changed the physiognomy of the neighborhood. However, there is a particular construction that attracts the attention of motorists and passers-by: a castle which stands out among the medianeras of the houses. An abandoned castle . But what are the stories he hides?
From Avenida Córdoba you can see them claritas: three towers that seem to emerge from nowhere, but whose appearance denotes that date back several decades ago. The facade is located in Darwin 1251 , between Castillo (a chance of fate) and Jufré. That area, where the Audiovisual District , is living a small resurrection from the demolition of the bridge. Around the castle there are old houses, modern apartments, warehouses and workshops. But, despite the variety of constructions found there, the castle is the one that raises all the questions. When was it built? What was his function? Who does it belong to? No one seems to have a concrete answer .
The architects consulted about it say that the style of castle is it difficult to define . Therefore, from the City Government they claim that it is not protected because it has no architectural value. It refers to the electricity utilities of the early twentieth century, but — apparent — it was built in the 70's . On the front it has red bricks and semicircular arch openings, which is related to the style Romanesque and Neo-Romanesque . Today the abandonment can be seen in the broken glass of its gate and on the graffiti on the walls. The reason for that architectural choice, however, is quite a mystery.
The property has a covered area of 1341 square meters and has four floors. At present, belongs to the City Housing Institute (IVC), from which they claim that work will be carried out to ensure that nine houses are built inside.
Since there are no official records and no one seems to know very well what it is, turn to neighbors in the area is the best way to find out the history of the castle. However, the versions about its origin and what happened there are very diverse.
There are those who say that there worked a disco and then the headquarters of a political party . Others say that there were also times when it was a brothel . But there are also those who claim that there worked a headquarters of the Salvation Army .
However, the firmer version says that there worked a fragrances packer and who was its owner, a spanish businessman , who ordered the building to build the building with that particular architecture, as he was a lover of medieval style. The factory — which would have worked in the 1970s and 80s — had the patents to produce imported fragrances in Buenos Aires: Reynolds, 7 Bruges and Gloria Vanderbilt were some of them.
When the businessman died in the 90s, the business ended and the factory was abandoned. Thereafter, the stories began to emerge. Today he was discovered in everyone's sight as a witness to the story of a Buenos Aires that does not stop revealing hidden secrets.
Publication Date: 18/03/2021
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