Plaza Dorrego, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009

Plaza Dorrego is in the hearth of San Telmo, or Barrio Sur. This area began to be restored and gentrified in the early 1990s after nearly a century of neglect and decay. By the later part of the decade the area had become trendy and bohemian. Its numerous jazz clubs and theatres attract a varied group of patrons, from journalists and artists to labourers.

Most of the area’s buildings were constructed before the 20th century.

Some of them are conventillos, abandoned mansions that were subdivided into smaller living spaces and that are now mainly inhabited by poorer argentinians and recent immigrants. This plaza was the sight of the swearing of national independence in 1816 before Don Juan Martin de Pueyrredon. Today it is the site of the San Pedro Telmo antique fair, where street performances by tango dancers, musicians, mimes and colourful characters mingle with the painters, antiquarians and street vendors in a bohemian rhapsody of song, dance and nostalgia. Every Sunday, around eight thousand people fill the square and a great variety of objects are offered in the 270 stands of the market.

Small photos are from the 2012 visit.

***photographs by ken grunberg and
una janicijevic. VR by urbansquares.

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