Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires

Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires

The Palais de Glace is a National Historic Monument in Buenos Aires where art exhibitions are held. When it was built, the intention was to use it as a skating rink.

J.L.Ruiz Basadre designed the Palais de Glace and construction was completed in 1911. The style of the building was French style Belle Epoque. It had a large ice skating rink and also housed a social club at the time. The popular of ice skating declined in the twenties and that of the Tango increased. The rink was converted into a dance floor and many well known tango dancers performed at the venue. In the 30s, the building housed the National Office of Fine Arts and later the offices of the television station, Canal Siete. Since 1960, the Palais de Glace has become a popular exhibition space that has hosted an array of art exhibitions and musical performances.

The initial design consisted of a circular ice rink that was located in the center of the structure. Theater style boxes and rooms for social gatherings surrounded the rink. The refrigeration plant was in the basement. The first floor had a balcony, an organ and a café. In 1931, the interiors were remodeled to make way for exhibition space by architect Alejandro Bustillo and three large murals covered the interior walls. The building has a single large skylight on a domed roof to allow natural light directly on the former ice rink. Free guided tours take visitors around the Palais de Glace today.

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Sight Name: Palais de Glace
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Recoleta Neighborhood Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km

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