Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo
Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo is part of the Tentative list of Uruguay in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
Map of Architecture Moderne du XX siècle de la Ville de Montevideo
The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.
I found it extremely difficult to find out what is exactly meant to be included in this proposed nomination: the most obvious candidates - the Art Deco ensemble in the city centre for which Montevideo is known do not seem to be included. The only building explicitly mentioned in the description is the Hostpital de Clinicas, which is a rationalist concrete monster from the 50ies. Residences surrounding the Park Batllo y Ordonez are mentioned without naming the specific buildings. Perhaps the nearby Estadio Centenario (Centennial Stadium) with its rationalist viewing tower from the 30ies would be included too.
I personally didn't find any of the buildings surrounding the park, which seems to be the centre of the proposed nomination, to be especially worthy of a visit. Additionally, I could not find out about any special significance of these buildings for the history of architecture. It would be interesting to see how Uruguay proceeds with this nomination if it ever does.
Montevideo is known for its Ciudad Vieja (Old City) which is mostly in Art Deco style with Palacio Selvo as the most iconic building. When I visited Uruguay Palacio Selvo was not open to visitors. It had antennas hanging over its top which made any attempt to take a decent photo of the monument fail. On postcards some photo shop was discretely applied to remove it. Now I read they are planning on dismantling the antenna.
The Ciudad Vieja is not spectacular and despite the fact it is the only such example of Art Deco I visited I guess there are other better examples available.