Learn about the architectural history of the hotel.
The facade of Parana Hotel Plaza Jardín has been declared of municipal interest in heritage preservation programs of the city.
Both the facade and the rest of the building have been properly preserved because it is a plot which was built in the late nineteenth century.
The architectural project belongs to the brilliant architect Juan Bautista Arnaldi, author of the Cathedral of Paraná among other extraordinarily distinguished buildings.
The hotel opened to business in 1946, and the same family who opened it still runs it through their descendants. It is the only hotel from it’s time that still survives.
The splendid Italian-style facade has been revitalized with adequate lighting that highlights its special elegance. The space called Plaza Jardín keeps a pleasant surprise: it is a garden of refined design with refreshing natural green, lampposts, a water fountain and umbrellas, all beneath a large glass dome. The place foretells the warmth and quality of the hotel services.
Raúl González – Visual Artist
The nineteenth century marked not only the beginning of modernity, but also the starting point of the most revolutionary period of history, which the historian Geoffrey Bruun called the Technical Age of Man. As of this age, Art, Architecture and Technology will build a relationship of change and transformation paced with population growth in Western cities corresponding to the progress of an unstoppable development in the field of economics and science.
Although this relationship between architecture and art goes back to the beginning of time and from there we get the richest testimonies from every culture, it is particularly in this period of history when the inventiveness will create styles, at the same time that it will re-release past styles in a search process that will not stop until it reaches milestones such as modern "smart" houses or art museums, being themselves pieces of art (Guggenheim Bilbao).
The French taste and the Italianate and Baroque styles marked the architectural direction started in France by the hand of liberal ideas and subsequently replicated in other world capitals. Just walk the few blocks that separate the Cabildo of Buenos Aires from the National Congress down the de Mayo Avenue to understand the extent to which our country was able to respond to the impulses of that time.
Entre Rios, particularly Paraná despite its low population density, + ed a period of prosperity as well as a consolidated bourgeoisie who began an intensive program of public and private architecture which, under the guidelines of an eclectic style, is currently recognized as the Monumental period of the 80's. Following this style, the most important works of the time were carried out: the Government House (1883), the Municipal Palace (1890), the Cathedral (1882), a work by JB Arnaldo. This same architect was, between 1890 and 1896, the author of the present building of Paraná Hotel Plaza Jardín, whose facade inspired me to make the series of photomontages installed in the entrance hall and the new rooms. In this group, there is a deliberate intention to capture the collective past through the invitation supposed by a colored black-and-white picture which, in this case, has been set to coexist with a space that vibrates with gestural brushstrokes and graphics that seek to represent the scenario of modern life, while the verticality of the chosen format attempts to integrate the architect's interior modern solemnity. I believe that the author of the hotel retrofit project is right to choose sobriety as the language for a dialogue with the legacy from the past.