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Tigre Club


The Tigre Club stands on the banks of the Lujan River, in Paseo Victorica, Tigre, near Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Club, built next to the Tigre Hotel which was demolished in 1940, was designed by the architects Pablo Pater (French), Luis Dubois and the engineer Emilio Mitre (son of the Argentine president Bartolome Mitre) and was opened on 13 January, 1912. Like the Hotel nearby opened in 1890, the Tigre Club soon became an important meeting place for the rich and famous. The elegant and luxurious building has two floors with mezanines with large windows on almost all sides. The main saloon on the first floor has frescos by the Spanish artist Julio Vila Prades (1875-1930), the staircases are of marble and there are Venetian mirrors and French chandeliers.

A casino operated there until 1933, when it transferred to Mar del Plata after a law was passed prohibiting the existence of a casino so close to Buenos Aires. The closing of the casino and the international crisis brought about a considerable loss of public. After the demolition of the Tigre Hotel in 1940, the Club continued to function as a restaurant with live shows but it never recovered its former glory.

In 1979 the Tigre Club was declared a National Historic Monument, and after extensive restoration it now houses the Municipal Museum of Fine Art for the town of Tigre.

Nowadays, confusion might arise between the Tigre Club and the demolished Tigre Hotel. Notably, the signage for the bus line 60 refers to "Tigre Hotel" as one of its northern termini.

References

Tigre's Official site

External links

Catalogue of Monuments

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