Pavilion of Argentina
The Pavilion of Argentina was honored, by the Committees of the Fair, to be the first pavilion the visitors could admire on the right bank of the river Po, at Umberto I bridge. Its strategical location aimed to pay homage to both the hystorical friendship between Argentina and Italy, and the broad presence of Italian immigrants and commercial trades in the country. In addition, it functioned also as prestigious entrance to the nation pavilions area, immediately followed by the other Latin American countries and European states.
The Pavilion was designed by the famous architect Roland Le Wacher, author of several works both in Rome and Buenos Aires, who formerly received honourable mention by the Italian Government, at the Exposition of Architecture in Turin of 1886. Its design did not stray from the general style of the Fair, but it also featured classical elements in some points, and an overall freedom in architectural choices: pinnacles, little towers and cupolas made this Pavilion a unique sight alonside the river.
Per rispondere degnamente alla dimostrazione di simpatia ricevuta dall'Italia, e per presentare a tutti i paesi europei le prove della sua straordinaria ricchezza e dell'odierna condizione economica [...], il Congresso Argentino ha votato una prima volta 220.000 lire per la costruzione di un grande padiglione: una seconda volta, altre 550.000 lire per la Mostra e la rappresentanza. (Giornale Illustrato, issue 15, February 1911)