housing for the masses: barrio alvear 2, 1939

Remember the confusion of Barrio Alvear 1? Only four city blocks of chalets were built by the Comisión Nacional de Casas Baratas, marked with the number 1 on the map below. Funds could not keep up with increased costs but 16 years later, the project continued.

Barrio Alvear II, 1939 • Parque AvellanedaBuenos Aires, Parque Avellaneda, Barrio Alvear 2, 1939
Juan Vucetich & José Bonifacio

Exiting the chalets, an orderly complex of seven apartment buildings from a later era appears.  Most units seemed to be rather small (what I gathered from peeking in windows), but the design was jaw-dropping. Buildings are in decent condition & centered around a lush, green patio. The exterior staircases are nothing short of orgasmic… can architecture do that? :) It’s a shame that more of these weren’t built.

Buenos Aires, Parque Avellaneda, Barrio Alvear II, 1939

Buenos Aires, Parque Avellaneda, Barrio Alvear II, 1939

Buenos Aires, Parque Avellaneda, Barrio Alvear II, 1939

Buenos Aires, Parque Avellaneda, Barrio Alvear II, 1939

[BTW this post was originally part of Barrio Alvear 1 published on 08 Feb 2007, lumped together with all the other housing projects in the same area. But now that I understand the development of the site, I thought it best to separate them & make individual posts for each project.]

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