In front of the historic Plaza de Mayo is this pink palace, which functions as the seat of the National Government and office of the president of the Argentine nation. Undoubtedly a building full of history and one of the most emblematic of all Buenos Aires. And best of all, its beautiful rooms as well as the offices are open to the public and can be visited on guided tours!
Since 1898 the Casa Rosa is the seat of the executive power of the Argentine Republic, previously in this same place there was a colonial fort that differentiates the city and served as the residence of the colonial authorities. This fort was demolished and a Customs office was built here, which controlled what was entering through the port. The Casa Rosada that we see today was born from the fusion of two previous constructions: the presidential headquarters and the Post Office Palace, and that is why its architecture is not symmetrical.
In the Casa Rosa, different units of the Argentine government operate, although most of its offices are dedicated to the president of the nation, who has his office in this building, although his official home is in Quinta de Olivos. Only an Argentine president used this building as his home, and it was Roque Sáenz Peña, who lived inside the Casa Rosada with his family, between 1910 and 1914.
Over the years there were many versions about the origin of its characteristic pink color. One of these versions says that the pink color, would be a symbol of peace and unification, mixed the colors that identified the two factions that faced each other for years in Argentina, the Unitarians (white) and the Federals (red) . Another theory tells us that this was simply a “fashion” color at the time and widely used in Buenos Aires in those years, since it could be achieved very easily by mixing the blood and lime.
The certain thing is that it was under the presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, when this color was first used in this building. The original color was suffering some variations of hue over time, from a pale pink to one close to orange.
If you want to visit the Casa Rosada, its protocol rooms, its courtyards, the historic balconies used by the presidents for their speeches or even the president’s own office, all you have to do is reserve your place on the guided tours.
The shifts must be requested in advance on theofficial website of the Casa Rosada and it is necessary to do so in advance because the tours take place only during the weekends. At the time of entering it is necessary to present about 20 minutes, in order to be able to be accredited with an identification (DNI, identity card or passport) and go through the security control.