A couple of weeks ago i posted about Art Nouveau in Valparaiso and mentioned that there's not a great deal of it here...well looking through my photo archives, i noticed a few more buildings i had taken pictures of... I'm not much of an expert on Art Nouveau (i just really like the more outrageous examples) so there's probably more here than i realise (as Santiago kindly pointed out in the last post, even reminding me that the monster Palacio Barburizza is a pretty prominent example). In fact, after studying my book on Art Nouveau in Buenos Aires, i might have been completely wrong altogether-most of Valparaiso's downtown architecture was built after the 1906 earthquake, right in the era of the Art Nouveau boom in South America. It may not all be the most ornate Art Nouveau but i reckon almost all of downtown Valparaiso shows at least signs of the style. So i was wrong. Remember this post because i don't admit to that very often :) Maybe Señor Art Nouveau can let me know if i'm on the right track...
Anyway, enjoy the photos. Some of them you'll have seen before if you're a long term reader of this blog.
Down on Avenida Pedro Montt
Naval Hospital up in Playa Ancha
Just around the corner from me on Cerro Concepcion
The fountain in Plaza Victoria
Police HQ on Avenida Brasil
The Stock Exchange
El Mercurio looks a good bet...
One of Harrington's
The ironworks on another of Harrington's
And now on to the spectacularly odd Palacio Barburizza, built in 1916 and bought by Pascual Bariburriza, a nitrate magnate, in 1925. it was built by two Italian architects, Barison y Schiavon, who also designed and built the Santiago Severin Library in Plaza Victoria. The local council bought in the early 1970s to house the fine arts museum. That closed in 1997 and the muppet council has, year in year out, promised to fund the renovations required in the interior of the property in order to re-open the museum. That is now further from reality than ever, given that the entire property is riddled with termites (according to the guy who fumigated our house and the caretaker, with whom i've chatted a few times). In the next big earthquake, there's a good chance it'll fall down. My view is that the property should be donated to a private company or individual with the specific terms that the new owner must restore and improve the property. It could then be run as a pretty spectacular hotel or museum. At least it'd be standing in 20 years time.