Buenos Aires, Argentina: La Casa Rosada

February 18, 2013

No trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina is complete without a visit to its most iconic and photographed building: La Casa Rosada, or the Pink House in English, which has been declared a National Historic Monument.  It is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina.  Personally, I think it is a work of art and not just because its facade is painted my favorite color.

It is located at the eastern end of Plaza de Mayo, an enormous square that is surrounded by most of the important political institutions of Argentina.  It was designed by a British architect with Italianate structure in mind.

There are two theories as to why it is pink.  Some people believe that the President during its time of construction chose this color scheme in order to defuse political tension by blending the country’s opposing political parties colors of white and red.  Other people believe the original paint that was used contained cow blood to prevent damage from humidity.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

While many tourists think that the President lives there, the truth is that he or she lives in an official residence in Olivos, a province of Buenos Aires.  However, the President does spend a lot of time in La Casa Rosada.  I happen to know this, because my husband, Lucas, used to be a Granadero, a member of the Argentinean army whose job is to directly protect the President.  The balcony pictured below is known as “Evita’s balcony” due to her many documented appearances there where she would address large crowds in the square.

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

La Casa Rosada has a museum inside of it, which contains various objects relating to former Presidents.  Parts of it even extend underground into basements of surrounding buildings and you can stand on the exact same balcony that Evita stood on.  Every hour on the hour you can also watch a changing of the guards.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina
What do you think about the pink color?  Do you agree with me that it simply adds to the glamour of Argentina or do you think it is an eye sore?

60 thoughts on “Buenos Aires, Argentina: La Casa Rosada

  1. Jessica

    I love the colour – it looks like it makes a building that would have been nice, but nothing spectacular, stand out. Although it seemed a little less girly and pretty when I got to the part where you mentioned that the colour might have been achieved thorough cow’s blood – that kind of changes the effect haha.

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  2. memographer

    Such a beautiful place. There is Pink City (Jaipur) in India. The city was painted pink to welcome Prince of Wales. Maybe La Casa Rosada was painted pink to welcome someone…

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  3. Krista

    Wow! That is a very pink building. 🙂 But I like it. I think it makes for an interesting diversion from the blah of plain marble or sandstone. 🙂

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  4. Laryssa

    I only saw it in the daytime, but I agree with Jay…the pink lighting is a bit bizarre!

    And, it doesn’t hurt that the President is currently a lady 😉

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  5. Terra

    I think the pink is truly beautiful, and very unique:-) I love learning something from you. How fun to see where Evita stood, I totally recognized the window right away:-) Beautiful post, Hugs, Terra

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  6. Karla

    What an interesting story!

    You know that reminded me of the Rothaus in Berlin which is literally the red house. La Casa Rosada is way more beautiful though.

    I too agree that it looks great illuminated at night!

    Hope to visit someday 😉

    P.S: totally love the photo of the balcony & the waving flag (last pic)

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  7. Laura

    I love the pink…It’s interesting how they added pink lighting though. I think that the pink paint is very South American and tropical so it’s perfect. I noticed political graffiti in that first picture, how interesting!

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  8. Jennifer

    I absolutely love the pink color! What a beautiful building and the second to last photo of it all lit up at night is my favorite. I really hope to visit Argentina some day soon.

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