Buenos Aires: Pink House

This is commonly considered the argentinian equivalent of the White House, but in truth, it's not.

 

The president of Argentina does not live in the Pink House. In fact, she's hardly ever there.

This building is located at 50 Balcarce street and Paseo Colón. On the left side of the building there's the subway station called "Plaza de Mayo" (line A)

The name of the station is after the park located in front of the Pink House.

This park you can see in old films of Evita Peron's speeches, as this is where the people use to gather to face the balcony from which she used to speak.

 

Plaza de Mayo is the oldest park in Buenos Aires. Its name refers to the month in which the people of Buenos Aires gathered to ask for their viceroy's expulsion of the territory and so become a free country.

This was on 25th May 1810 in this very same spot.
Since then, this park has become "the place in wich the population as a whole has a voice".

 

This is why this is the place in which people gathered to see Evita and even asked her to become vice-president.

This park was also used by relatives of people who had dissapeared under the militar regime in the 70's, to demand for information. This people wore a characteristic white headscarf.

At the center of the park there's a 20 meter tall white needle created for the 100 anniversary of Argentina. 

 

All around this monument, on the floor, you can see drawings of their scarfs, in commemoration to their struggle.

Why there?

On the back side of the Pink House there's the river.

This location was particularly chosen to build the President's working place because it would make the perfect escape for a president in case people stood outside asking for his head.

The president could sail to Uruguay within minutes and no one would ever find out.

Among all colours...Why Pink?

The reason for the Pink House to be Pink is not what a joke could explain. In fact, it's there's a rather grotesque explanation.

When it was decided that this building had to be painted, paint was not available. But a subsitute was found: blood. Cow's blood was the first thing that gave this building's walls some sort of colour. By the time paint was actually available, pink was considered characteristic and it was decided that the colour should not change.

Anything else around?

This area is full of important buildings related to the government, but that still are worth seeing as they offer nice choices.

In front of Plaza de Mayo, but on the opposite side of the Pink House, there's an old white colonial building.

This is the Cabildo.

It is the old equivalent of the Pink House, where the Viceroy used to work.

 

In the 19th century it was reduced on both sides to locate two avenues.

The Cabildo is nowadays a museum and the entrance is free.

 

There's an interesting display of old objects inside it.
You can enter all rooms, including the prisoners' one.

Perhaps the only dissapointing thing is that the patio in wich prisioners used to be punished and slaughtered, is now full of little colourful and joyful craftswork shops.

On the back side of the Pink House, before the river, there's a statue of the second founder of Buenos Aires, Pedro de Mendoza.