ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visiting the Rinaldi Palace, Montevideo, Uruguay: triumphant Art Deco verticality

Updated on February 25, 2016
Flag of Uruguay
Flag of Uruguay | Source
Palacio Rinaldi. Ubicado en la esquina noreste de Avda. 18 de Julio y Pza. Independencia. Montevideo
Palacio Rinaldi. Ubicado en la esquina noreste de Avda. 18 de Julio y Pza. Independencia. Montevideo | Source
Rinaldi Palace, Plaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay
Rinaldi Palace, Plaza Independencia, Montevideo, Uruguay | Source
Map location of Montevideo, Uruguay
Map location of Montevideo, Uruguay | Source

Geometric patterns complemented by an impressive elevation, built in 1929

In the 1920s, Art Deco exploded into the built environment around Independence Square (Spanish: Plaza Independencia ), in Uruguay's capital, Montevideo. More well known than, and slightly older than, the Rinaldi Palace (Spanish: Palacio Rinaldi )(1) is its neighbour across Avenida 18 de julio at that avenue's intersection with this central Square: the Salvo Palace (Spanish: Palacio Salvo).

However, in its own right, the Rinaldi Palace is an excellent example of innovative Art Deco architecture. Amidst the intricate complexity of its abstract geometric patterns (2), the almost labyrinthine lines of this 8-storey edifice are yet informed by a very strong element of verticality.

Some would say, then, that the Rinaldi Palace is dwarfed by its Salvo Palace neighbour; but really, because of the success of the ordered, vertical surge of this apartment and commercial complex, my preference would be to say that it complements it: two juxtaposed integers of successful Art Deco urban development.

I have supplied two photographs of the Rinaldi Palace, one of which gives prominence both to its complex balcony lines suggestive of abstract patterns, but also of its verticality. The other photograph shows its proximity to the herbaceous Plaza Independencia ; this picture also gives a glimpse of the arcading which is integrated into the ground floor.

In fact, as a pedestrian, when resident in Montevideo, I would walk through the Rinaldi Palace arcading without habitually even looking up at the other features of the building, above; such is the architectural blending which has been carried out. A similar lay out pertains on the opposite side of the Avenida 18 de julio , under the Salvo Palace and adjacent buildings.

The architects for the Rinaldi Palace were Alberto Isola and Guillermo Armas.The building was completed in 1929.

July 6, 2012

Notes

(1) It is not unusual in some Spanish-speaking countries for any large, prominent building to be called Palacio — Palace.

(2) These abstract patterns include elements of colour decoration in the upper levels of the building.

Also worth seeing

In Montevideo itself, visitor attractions include: the Salvo Palace; the Independence Building facing Plaza Independencia ; the Artigas Mausoleum; the Gateway (Spanish: Ciudadela ) to the Old City (Spanish: Ciudad Vieja ) the Legislative Palace; the main building of the University of the Republic (UdelaR); the Obelisk; the Cerro Fortresss; the Cerrito; and many others.

...

How to get there: LanChile flies to Montevideo , Uruguay from North American destinations including New York and Toronto . The Uruguayan airline PLUNA, which codeshares with VARIG, flies to a number of Latin American regional destinations. Car rental is available at Montevideo Carrasco International airport. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. Please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)