Alejandro Christophersen

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Alejandro Christophersen
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Alejandro Christophersen
Born 1866
Cádiz, Spain
Died 1946
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nationality Argentine
Known for Architect and artist
Círculo Italiano

Alejandro Christophersen (1866 –1946) was an Argentine architect and artist of Norwegian descent who designed many important buildings in the city of Buenos Aires, including the renowned Anchorena Palace.

Biography[edit]

Christophersen was born in Cádiz, Spain in 1866, the son of the Norwegian Consul in that city. He studied architecture in Belgium and art in Paris. In 1888, he arrived in Buenos Aires and during his career as an architect gave the city many of its most important buildings.

He was a professor in the School of Architecture of the School of Natural and Exact Sciences in the University of Buenos Aires, and is considered to be one of the central figures of eclectic architecture in Argentina, where he was one of the founder members of the Central Society of Architects. His earlier works were influenced by French Second Empire architecture, though his later projects were Rationalist.

Christophersen was also an accomplished painter, and became well known for his impressionist portraits of local society ladies. He died in Buenos Aires in 1946.

Works[edit]

His most important works include:

Anchorena Palace
Buenos Aires Stock Exchange
Basilica of Santa Rosa de Lima
Transradio Building

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  • Alberto Dodero & Philippe Cros. Argentina, The Golden Years, 1889-1939. El Ateneo, 2007.