Two friends and I got a personal tour of Palacio Rodriguez Pena this week. The orchestras of Juan D’Arienzo and Osvaldo Pugliese, as well as singers Carlos Gardel and Alberto Castillo among others performed there. Built in 1902, it was the city’s first hall for important social gatherings. It’s still as lavish as it was then.
The manager turned on the lights and walked us through the palace. It felt like we stepped back to another era.
The chandelier in the main salon is lowered on a pulley for cleaning and bulb replacement.
The furniture is the original in the small dressing room where musicians and singers left their coats. The wallpaper is not original, but from the period. The porcelain sink was replaced.
The huge kitchen is equipped to handle events of 400 people.
This floor was meticulously constructed for dancing in the salon. It shows wear, but then it’s more than 100 years old. This was the place where young ladies were introduced to society. When invited by a gentleman to dance, a lady looked to her mother seated in the balcony above for her approval.
The musicians sat in the area behind these red curtains when playing for dances..
Many of the original lamps and artwork grace the palace where the elite of Buenos Aires gathered for dining and dancing.