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The path of Salamone

A tour of the southeast of the province of Buenos Aires through the highlights of the work of an architect who painted the landscape with Art Deco.

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It was a time when Europe expelled its children. And in this migratory flow our country welcomed them with open arms: “for all the men of the world who want to live in Argentine soil.”

Salvatore Salamone left Sicily, to try his luck in America, at the end of the 19th century. He arrived at the port of Buenos Aires with his son Francisco in his arms. Salvatore was a builder, and that legacy was passed on to the boy. And this was how the young man was first received as a major master of works at the Otto Krause in Buenos Aires and as an architect and engineer at the National University of Córdoba. Without knowing it, life would have prepared for him a surprise that would immortalize him.

In 1936, he met the governor of the Province of Buenos Aires, Manuel Fresco. The president belonged to the Conservative Party and wanted to use public works to appear in the books of history. His dream was: to reestablish a monumental province. And Salamone interpreted the politician's dream perfectly.

Between 1936 and 1940 he deployed almost 70 works in 18 municipalities, including Azul, Epecuén, Laprida, Gonzales Chaves, Balcarce, Coronel Pringles, Tornquist, Guaminí, Saavedra and Saldungaray. Works loaded with monumentalism, megalomania and ambition, spoken in the forceful language of art deco, functionalism, Italian futurism, German expressionism and Russian constructivism. However, it is only a few years ago that his work begins to be rescued from an oblivion in which he fell for those things that he has our story.

The most emblematic structures

Slaughterhouse Epecuén. Photo: Rodrigo Paredes

Villa Epecuén had its tourist peak in hand with its lagoon with therapeutic properties. It is located in the match of Adolfo Alsina, just over seven kilometers from Carhué. Its origins date back to 1921. It came to have about 1500 inhabitants, which had to be evacuated in 1985, when the

Publication Date: 02/12/2019

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