Martinelli Building

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Martinelli Building
Edifício Martinelli
Building in São Paulo 06.jpg
View from São João Avenue
Record height
Tallest in South America from 1934 (1934) to 1947 (1947)[I]
Preceded by Palacio Barolo
Surpassed by Altino Arantes Building
General information
Type Office
Location São Paulo, Brazil
Coordinates 23°32′44″S 46°38′06.7″W / 23.54556°S 46.635194°W / -23.54556; -46.635194Coordinates: 23°32′44″S 46°38′06.7″W / 23.54556°S 46.635194°W / -23.54556; -46.635194
Construction started 1922 (1922)
Completed 1934 (1934)
Inaugurated 1929 (1929)
Roof 130 m (430 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 30
Design and construction
Architect Vilmos (William) Fillinger

Martinelli Building (in Portuguese: Edifício Martinelli), with 30 floors, was the first skyscraper in Brazil. It is located in São Paulo.

The construction of the building began in 1922 and it was inaugurated in 1929 with 12 floors. The construction of the building followed until 1934. The work ended when the building had 30 floors (130 meters). The building was designed by Italian Brazilian entrepreneur Giuseppe Martinelli. It was the tallest building in Latin America at time that was inaugurated.

The building was completely remodeled by Mayor Olavo Setúbal in 1975. It was remodeled again in 1979. Today, the building houses the Departments of Municipal Housing and planning, companies Emurb and Cohab-SP, the headquarters of the Association of Banks of SP, and several shops in the ground floor of the building.

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Preceded by
Palacio Barolo
Tallest building in South America
130 m (430 ft)
Succeeded by
Altino Arantes Building
Preceded by
Edificio do Jornal A Noite
Tallest building in Brazil
130 m (430 ft)
Preceded by
Sampaio Moreira Building
Tallest building in São Paulo
130 m (430 ft)