Banfield, Buenos Aires
The corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen Ave. and French St.
|Partido||Lomas de Zamora|
|Elevation||16 m (52 ft)|
|Population (2001 census [INDEC])|
|• Density||7,851/km2 (20,330/sq mi)|
|CPA Base||B 1828|
|Area code(s)||+54 11|
In 1873 Banfield railway station, named after the Englishman Edward Banfield, the first general manager of the British-owned Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway (Spanish: Ferrocarril del Sud), was opened. On August 19, 1873, the first plots of land in the area were advertised for sale and extensive development took place from the 1880s onwards.
Perhaps Banfield's most significant cultural insitituion is its Julián Aguirre Conservatory of Music, founded by renown classical composer and conductor Alberto Ginastera, in 1951.
Hosting about 2,000 students yearly, it is the most important school of classical and choral music in Argentina and is the alma mater of musical instructors and scholars throughout the country and Latin America.
The writer Julio Cortázar, though born in Belgium, spent much of his childhood in Banfield. Banfield was also home of the renowned tango composer Alfredo De Angelis and the popular singer Sandro.
- (Spanish) Lomas Athletic Club - Official site
- (Spanish) Banfield's Commercial Guide
- (Spanish) Aguirre Conservatory of Music
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