Estévez Palace

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Estévez Palace
Palacio Estévez
Palacio Estevez Montevideo.jpg
Palacio Estévez
General information
Type House of Government
Architectural style Classic architecture
Location Plaza Independencia, Montevideo ( Uruguay)
Construction started 1873
Completed 1874
Owner Government of Uruguay
Design and construction
Architect Manoel de Castel

The Estévez Palace (Spanish: Palacio Estévez) is a building situated in Plaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay, designed in a combination of Doric and Colonial styles by Manoel de Castel in 1873. It has served as the working place of the President of Uruguay and has been eventually converted to a museum, housing artifacts and mementos of the Uruguayan presidency and its office holders.[1]

It was owned by don Francisco Estévez and his family until it was acquired by the Uruguayan government in 1880, when it was established as the working place of president Lorenzo Latorre in 1890.

After the restoration of democracy in 1985, president Julio María Sanguinetti moved the seat of the Executive Power to the Liberty Building, which had served before as the Ministry of Defence. During the government of Tabaré Vázquez the seat was moved to the Torre Ejecutiva, which is next to the Estévez Palace.


  1. ^ Municipios de Montevideo. "Palacio Estevez - Museo de la Casa de Gobierno". Retrieved 28 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 34°54′25.6″S 56°11′57.8″W / 34.907111°S 56.199389°W / -34.907111; -56.199389