Montevideo Architectural Gems

The architecture in Montevideo includes some very beautiful buildings, many of them from the heyday of the Art Deco style. My regular readers know DH and I have a thing for this period. Along with the buildings there’s a lot of beautiful antique furniture from the period in the many antique shops and auctions. Montevideo is a popular source area for collectors in other parts of the world, since there was a lot of wealth here here at that time, and much of the best europe had to offer was imported. By the same process, today the young people here want whatever modern stuff the rest of the world has; and all but the very savvy ones are ignoring the Art Deco treasures around them. Mind you, I am a fan of drop dead modern design as long as it comes with comfort, which the best does, and imho current sleek modern furniture styles can be quite compatible with art deco pieces, well they are in our own living room, anyway!

If I know I am going to be out and about with some time to visit a fav street I try to remember to take my trusty little digital camera along. Boulivar España is one of the most stylish streets in the whole Pocitos area which itself is rich with such gems once you move back from the apartments blocks along the Rambla. I recently took this pic in late afternoon light beautifully highlighting the intricate trims and decorations on these two houses. Sadly it is often impossible to get a picture without power poles or wires intruding.

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One Response to “Montevideo Architectural Gems”

  1. PaMdora says:

    oh my Alison, that is a gem! Because it’s one color, you can really focus on the forms and details. I love art deco and really loved Barcellona because there was so much there. If I ever get back to Australia, I’m calling you up for a guided tour!

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