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Art Deco Revenge

Corina Kavanagh was a beautiful, determined woman born to a wealthy ranching family - but lacked “old money” in their lineage, and was thus looked down upon by the aristocracy of Argentina. Corina had a love affair with the son of Mercedes Castellanos de Anchorena, who opposed to their union and dashed their hopes of young love. Corina Kavanagh proved a woman not to be trifled with, and plotted her revenge - not in blood, but in architecture. The nearby Basilica of the Holy Sacrament was the private mausoleum of the Anchorena family and plans where in the works to build the Anchorena family mansion in front of the Basilica. Corina quickly snatched up the plot of land and built an enormous 31-story Art Deco masterpiece in the lot, blocking the view of the Basilica from all sides. In fact, the Basilica is only viewable from a small alley next to the Kavanagh Building - an alley also named for Corina. You can view this wonderful building, with all of it Art Deco details, by going to the Plaza San Martin in the Retro neighborhood and witness Corina Kavanagh’s elegant revenge in all its glory.

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