Sunday, August 12, 2012

Palacio Salvo

We don't have castles but we have the Salvo.

This is the top portion of the most emblematic building in downtown Montevideo. Build in 1928, it was briefly the highest building in South America (105 m height). It has definitely seen better times.

Once it had a lighthouse at the top, and a tiny observation room just below the mast that could be visited by the public - I visited it back in the 1960s. Built as an hotel, nowadays it has only small flats and offices, and a couple of radio stations, probably attracted by the high mast.

Supposedly there are ghosts in the building. In 2010 there were rumours of demolition.

There is a twin building in Buenos Aires (Palacio Barolo) by the same architect.

The picture was processed digitally to give a negative image, because I like the way the lines come out with this technique.

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