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Notes on the Geography of Argentina: Avenida de Mayo: Photo 29

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We've come down a couple of more blocks to the Avenida 9 de Julio. What can we say except "Hold hands, children." Look straight out a window here at your facing neighbor. Can you see him? He's 500 feet away.

Named for Argentina's Independence Day (9 July, 1816), work began on the road in 1935. Some of it opened in 1937, but the greater part only in the 1960s. Even so, the road is only two miles long.

The corner building on the right was designed by Juan Antonio Buschiazzo, the same man who engineered the Avenida de Mayo. Built in 1893 for a rancher, it's one of the oldest buildings on the street and was intended as residential apartments. It apparently contained one of the city's first elevators. It later became a hotel (and is now a hostel) but along the way has lost much of its trim, including a cupola and balustrades.

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