On the traditional Avenida de Mayo there is a building that attracts the eyes of everyone who stops in front of its beauty. The Barolo Palace, an office building that combines its architectural beauty with a complex network of literary references to the Divine Comedy, the greatest work of Dante Alighieri.
The Barolo palace is named after its owner, textile businessman Luis Barolo. Both the businessman and the architect were old friends and both shared the same admiration for Dante Alighieri and his maximum work the Divine Comedy. That is why the building is loaded with references to this top work of Italian literature.
When it was inaugurated in 1923 this was the tallest building in South America, until the Kavanagh was built in 1935, which is why it is considered the first skyscraper in the southern hemisphere. The work cost $ 4,500,000, and 650,000 kg was used for it. of steel, 3,500,000 bricks and 70,000 Portland cement barrels; By the way, all the decorative materials were imported, such as the Carrara marble used for the cladding.
The Barolo palace is named after its original owner, textile businessman Luis Barolo. Both the businessman and the Italian architect Mario Palanti, were old friends and both shared the same admiration for Dante Alighieri and his maximum work the Divine Comedy. That is why the building is loaded with references to this top work of Italian literature.
The general division of the Palace follows the structure of the Divine Comedy, so the Palace has three parts, just like Dante’s work: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven (the lighthouse represents the Empyrean). Even one of Barolo and Palanti’s plans was to move Dante’s remains to the building, which will function as the great poet’s mausoleum, but unfortunately his plans were frustrated.
Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the two capitals of the Río de la Plata, share many things in common, their people, their meals in addition to their traditions and Rioja culture. But there is a particularity that unites even more these two twin cities, the Barolo Palace in Buenos Aires and the Salvo Palace in Montevideo.
The Salvo Palace was born thanks to the business brothers Ángel, José and Lorenzo Salvo, who decided to hire Mario Palanti to build their rental palace. The Italian Palanti, followed the lines of his previous work, the Barolo, and adapted it to this land located in a corner, making the most of it.
The characteristic silhouette of this building has undoubtedly become an emblem of the city of Montevideo. From its old lighthouse, now converted into a viewpoint, you can get stunning 360º views of the beautiful Montevideo.
The Barolo Palace is composed of some five hundred independent offices, where companies of all kinds work. Its dome hides in its highest part a viewpoint and a lighthouse that can be visited, inside in the different tours that invites us to visit each of its corners, revealing to visitors the best kept secrets of the building.