Palacio de Aguas Corrientes, Buenos Aires

#11 of 101 in Historic Sites in Buenos Aires
Castle · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
A 19th-century water pumping station, Palacio de Aguas Corrientes still houses some offices and customer assistance centers of the local water company, as well as a small and quirky waterworks museum. The French Renaissance palace is topped with a tin roof, covered with glazed, multi-color tiles and enameled bricks. The small museum on the second floor boasts a collection of tiles, ancient sanitary wares, ceramic pipe joints, huge water valves, plans and scale models, as well as reconstructions of old offices. Join a guided tour for a glimpse of huge water tanks and the building's inner workings. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Palacio de Aguas Corrientes and many more Buenos Aires attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Buenos Aires travel itinerary planner.
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  • Unparalleled beauty in this iconic building which stands in an area alone. A real gem of architecture.  more »
  • It is a unique work of its kind, true testimony of the importance given to public hygiene and drinking water by the rulers of the time.  more »
  • Fantastic. A great plave to visit and learn about Water Supply by the time in this city. That museum is amazing and should have been more visited, of course is a hidden treasure of the city.
  • Established in 1873, this is the only Archive containing complete and specific information about emblematic buildings and water supply planning of Buenos Aires.[5] This archive is composed by three main Archives.[6] Water Network Supply ArchiveEdit Contains plans about Water treatment plants, sewage and water network supply, drains and projects. The information found in these plans includes type, size and material of pipes, dates, architectural drawings, etc. Size of collection: about 60.000 plans, oldest is from 1870. This archive is not available to the public. Some plans approved for public release were published through books, newspapers and websites.[7] Water Connection Application RecordsEdit Holds a large collection of documents detailing building category, water connection application forms, construction materials, measures, number of pipe connections, names of the owners, etc of almost each building constructed in Buenos Aires. Many documents are signed by famous and important people of Argentina such as president Bartolome Mitre, physiologist Bernardo Houssay, writer Jorge Luis Borges among others. Size of collection: about 350,000 records. This Archive is not available to the public. Some documents approved for public release were published through books, newspapers and websites. Plumbing Plans ArchiveEdit Keeps plumbing and fire hydrants service plans of 320,000 land lots of Buenos Aires. These plans are crucial for finding water, drain and sewage connections and fixing water leaks. This archive also preserves plans of buildings demolished during the construction of large avenues and highways of Buenos Aires, e.g. 9 de Julio Avenue. The collection has about 2,800,000 plans, the oldest dating from 1889. Accesses is to authorized individuals. Some plans were approved for public release, and were published in books, newspapers and websites.

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