Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation

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Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation
Casa Central del Banco de la Nación Argentina
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View of main facade portico
Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation is located in Argentina
Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation
Location in Buenos Aires
Alternative names Banco Nación Casa Central
General information
Architectural style Monumental Neoclassical
Address Bartolomé Mitre 326
Town or city Buenos Aires
Country Argentina
Coordinates 34°36′26″S 58°22′17″W / 34.60722°S 58.37139°W / -34.60722; -58.37139Coordinates: 34°36′26″S 58°22′17″W / 34.60722°S 58.37139°W / -34.60722; -58.37139
Construction started 1940
Completed 1955 (final details)
Inaugurated 1944
Client Government of Argentina
Technical details
Structural system Reinforced concrete
Floor count 9
Floor area 100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Alejandro Bustillo

The Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation (Spanish: Casa Central del Banco de la Nación Argentina), more often referred locally as Banco Nación Casa Central, is a monumental bank building next to the Plaza de Mayo, founding site of Buenos Aires and host of major events in the history of the country.

Designed by renowned Argentine architect Alejandro Bustillo in a Neoclassical style with French influences, the 100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft) building occupies an entire city block and was inaugurated in 1944.

With a dome 50 m (160 ft) in diameter, the building is a National Historic Landmark.

History[edit]

The headquarters are located in the San Nicolás neighborhood of Buenos Aires on the site of the Teatro Colón's first building, bought by the national government in 1888 and later designated as main offices of the recently founded national bank. The edifice was remodeled in 1910 by architect Adolfo Büttner to better suit its new role.

In 1938 Alejandro Bustillo presented a new design for a much larger, 100,000 m2 (1,100,000 sq ft) structure, which was built in two stages between 1940 and 1955.[1]

Architectural evolution of the Headquarters of the Bank of the Argentine Nation
Original building of the Teatro Colón c. 1880
Adolfo Büttner's remodel in 1910
Current Neoclassical building by Alejandro Bustillo

The building is also home to the Alejandro Bustillo Art Gallery, established in 1971, as well as to a historic and numismatic museum.[2]

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