A little bit of Palermo's History
The neighborhood of Palermo is bounded, in accordance with article 1 of By-law No. 26,607, Municipal Bulletin No. 14,288, published on May 4, 1972, by: La Pampa, Pres. Figueroa Alcorta Avenue, Valentín Alsina Avenue, Zabala, Cabildo Avenue, Jorge Newbery, Cramer, Dorrego Avenue, Córdoba Avenue, Mario Bravo, Coronel Díaz Avenue, Gral. Las Heras Avenue, Tagle, the Gral. Bartolomé Mitre railroad tracks, Jerónimo Salguero Avenue, Rafael Obligado Riverside Avenue.
The origin of the name Palermo given to the neighborhood isn’t quite clear. It can be related to Don Juan Domínguez Palermo, who in the early 17th century was the owner of the lands. As places were commonly named after their churches or adored saints, some neighbors say that the neighborhood was called that way because St. Benito of Palermo was venerated there.
This was the neighborhood of Don Juan Manuel de Rosas. In 1836 he became the owner of these beautiful lands, where he built his official residence on what are today’s Libertador and Sarmiento Avenues. After his defeat on February 3, 1852, in the battle of Caseros, Justo José de Urquiza, the victorious general, occupied his residence, which would later become the headquarters of the School of Arts and Trades, of the Military College and of the Naval College. In 1889, Rosas’ house was demolished for the park created by Sarmiento, an old political enemy of Rosas.
The picture is a view of the Zoo and the Rural Society at the back. I shoot it last year.