Avenida Alvear is perhaps the city's most elegant avenue, plotted in 1885 by the city's first mayor, Torcuato de Alvear. The avenue is now named after Alvear's father Carlos María de Alvear, an important figure in Argentina's early years, and runs from the square Plazoleta Carlos Pellegrini to the Torcuato de Alvear monument.
A series of aristocratic homes line the avenue, including the Palacio Pereda (now residence of the Brazilian ambassador), Palacio Ortiz Basualdo (now the French embassy), the Concepción Unzué de Casares mansion (headquarters of the Jockey Club), Palacio Álzaga Unzué (Four Seasons Hotel) and Palacio Duhau (Park Hyatt Hotel). These grand buildings with their French academic style give Avenida Alvear a Parisian air.
The elegant Alvear Palace Hotel on the corner of Alvear and Ayacucho is one of the city's most famous hotels and has welcomed presidents, royalty and artists from all over the world.
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