Juan Antonio Buschiazzo
Juan Antonio Buschiazzo (October 29, 1845 – May 13, 1917) was
an Italian-born Argentine architect and engineer who contributed to
the modernisation of Buenos Aires,
Argentina in the 1880s and to the
construction of the city of La Plata, the new capital of the Buenos
Born in 1845 in Pontinvrea, Province of Savona, Liguria, Buschiazzo
was the son of Margarita Bresciani and Carlos Buschiazzo. In 1850 the
family arrived to
Argentina and took up residence in Belgrano, a town
that was soon to become a neighbourhood of the city of Buenos Aires.
It was here that his four brothers and sisters were born.
In 1862 he started work in the studio of the Italian architect
Nicolás Canale and his son José, and in 1869 he graduated from the
Buenos Aires with a degree in engineering. In 1875, he
became a member of the Municipal Commission for Public Works in
Belgrano and in 1878 he qualified as an architect. In 1879 his son,
Juan Carlos, was born and was later to become an architect and work
with his father on a number of projects.
Buenos Aires officially became the capital of
Argentina in 1880
he was invited by the first mayor of the city, Torcuato de Alvear, to
join the Department of Municipal Engineers. Thereafter he was involved
with a wide range of projects concerned with the modernisation of
Buenos Aires and the construction of public buildings, houses,
hospitals, cemeteries, churches, parks, banks etc. In 1881 he joined
the Commission for overseeing building projects in the city of La
In 1886, he founded the Central Society of Architects and became its
president between 1888 and 1891 and again between 1901 and 1902.
Between 1908 and 1910 he participated in the Commission for the
International Centennial Exposition. He died in
Buenos Aires on 13 May
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