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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Sat May 28, 2016, 11:37 PM

4. Beautiful photos of Bariloche, Judi! Here's hoping you can visit someday soon.

To answer your question: yes; that was indeed where the Obamas went on the second day of their Argentine visit. Not to the city of Bariloche itself, actually; but to the more secluded Llao Llao Hotel (pronounced 'shaho-shaho') a few miles to the west. President Obama even posted a photo of the lake to his Twitter feed, citing it as an example of the need to combat climate change because "it's exactly the kind of place we need to protect for our kids."

Here's an interesting article on his visit, complete with the history of other U.S. presidents who've also visited: http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2016/03/obama-spring-break-bariloche-000625?slide=0

As for the clock towers, you have a very good architectural eye Judi.

The bus station, located in the city of Rosario, was originally designed as a train station by two architects: a French immigrant (Henri Chanourdiť) and an Italian immigrant (Antonio Micheletti). Like many landmarks from Argentina's golden age (1880-1930) its design was eclectic; but with strong French and Italian influences.

The Bariloche Civic Center was built by the federal government as part of a plan in the late 1930s to promote tourism in the Argentine lake country. The Alpine chalet style, designed by local architect Ernesto de Estrada, later caught on among Argentine home builders in a number of different variations - notably the 'Mar del Plata style' (a combination of Alpine and California Mission architecture).

The Usina del Arte (Arts Powerhouse) was originally built in 1916 as the main power station for the Italian-Argentine Electric Company (CIADE; the country's second largest electric utility at the time). The Florentine Revival design was indeed the work of an Italian immigrant (Giovanni Chiogna), and he designed numerous other smaller plants and substations for CIADE throughout Buenos Aires - all in that same Neo-Florentine style.

To his credit, Macri had the building restored during his relatively productive first term as mayor; it was reopened in 2012 as the above-named cultural center (which President Obama also visited last March).

Thank you as always for your observations, and for your tireless research. I don't know how you do it!

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