The Stock Exchange Building, the palace of downtown Buenos Aires

The Stock Exchange Building, the palace of downtown Buenos Aires
The Stock Exchange Building, the palace of downtown Buenos Aires

The city ​​of Buenos Aires houses a series of iconic buildings that is worth knowing. Or at least understanding part of its history. This is the case of Stock Exchange buildinglocated at 299 Sarmiento Street.

Designed by architect Alejandro Christophersen- Today it could be considered a living space of our culture.

The history of the Stock Exchange building

At the beginning of the building’s construction, the First World War broke out, but it was also opened on July 12, 1916 with materials brought from Europe and the United States.

The main entrance of the BCBA accompanied the development of the city of Buenos Aires and became a classic postcard of the city’s financial center.

Christophersen took care of every detail of this Classical and academic style construction with luxurious period details inside.

He created the interior decorations of the halls, the decorative sculpture, the large grille that encloses the elevators, the light fixtures, lanterns, chandeliers, mailboxes and even the design of the furniture in the offices.


When designing this building, architect Alejandro Christophersen thought of every single complementary detail. From the interior decorations of the rooms, the decorative sculpture and all the lighting fixtures, such as lanterns and chandeliers, to the furniture in the offices, the original tableware and tablecloths.

The so-called Stock Market Palace has 12 floors, a basement with 3 levels, a large hall 20 metres high, and 3 entrances.

There are 9,000 square meters of offices, 8 elevators, a main staircase and 2 secondary ones.

All from a cigar Louis XVI stylestylized and sober, although adapted to the necessary functionality that its purpose required at the beginning of the 20th century and for several decades.

At the entrance, you can see cast bronze doors weighing around five tons.

At each internal vertex of the central nave of the building you can see Carrara marble sculptures from the 19th centuryThe works represent “The Four Seasons”.

On the other hand, attention is drawn to the slates used until 1984 when the Operations Complex was moved to a new building. And no one who comes here would miss the photo of the Clock and the Compass Rose.

The latter served to indicate to the runners the direction of the wind, on which the ships that brought the “commodities” from abroad depended.

There’s also a stained glass window made especially for the building which helps to compose the institutional image of the Stock Exchange, given that its symbolism has always been associated with the stock market world.

On the first floor you can see the Brussels tapestry entitled “Europe”. It is part of a collection of four works. This copy is the only one found outside the Old World.

On the front wall of the Grand Staircase is displayed the Flemish tapestry depicting the scene in which Cleopatra receives Mark Antony in the courtyards of the Palace of Alexandria.

The works of art continue. In the Board of Directors Room there is a work of art Benito Quinquela Martin.

Accounting books and machines that are not so old are then on display. However, younger people might be surprised to see the technology used for stock market trading, which is now part of the collection of historical objects.

Source and photos: Palacio Bursátil & Mariela Blanco, journalist @marielablancoperiodista.

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