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Carrasco, a place where to return from work and feel on holidays

Carrasco, a place where to return from work and feel on holidays

The writer Denise Caubarrère spoke with Uruguay Properties on the history and life in the neighbourhood.

“Yesterday Carrasco was a place full of trees and gardens. You returned from work and you felt on holidays. Today it continues to being a privilege. It is a place where  you  breathe  a  marvellous  air”, Denise Cubarrère is the co-author of the book: Carrasco, the mystery enchantment of a neighbourhood. In a dialogue with Uruguay Properties, Caubarrère spoke about the present of Carrasco and remembered the neighbourhood´s  history. The place has the surname of a family member of the illustrious José Artigas.  

The land on which the neighbourhood stands belonged -in the XVIII century- to Juan Sebastián Carrasco brother of  Ignacia , Artigas’s  grand - mother. Dr.  Alfredo Arocena, was enchanted by the tantalizing beauty of the sand dunes which remind  him of the ones of the beaches of the Northern France. Toghether with two friends he bought the area at the beginning of the 1900’s. They asked a landscaper, Charles Thays, the layout of the resort. Mr. Thays was not a newcomer on these matters. The landscaper was the Director of  Public Parks of  Buenos Aires and he took up the task of designing the “garden resort”, explained Caubarrère. The Carrasco Hotel was the central part of the map, that extended up to the  Rivera Avenue. The plan broke the traditional checkerboard structure of the cities.

The Carrasco Hotel
In 1912 Arocena obtained permission from the Montevideo Municipality  for building the resort . In 1913 a company started building the hotel, that was oponed in 1921.
Caubarrère explained that the engineer Capurro made the sewer and Pinus and Eucalyptus were planted on the wet area and wetlands. In some places
It is possible to see even now the double rows of Eucalyptus trees that, Caubarrère explained were planted in order to cover the wetland. Additionally the Gates of Carrasco were constructed. They gave a “majestic air” to the spa and were its entrance gate.

“Everything was thought”, says Caubarrère. The writer spent her childhood in Carrasco. She remembered that by the end of the 1940’s the families that stayed all the year round in the resort were few. “When we were kids, all our friends left the resort in winter”, she said. Years later she moved to Pocitos and when she returned to Carrasco she was worried because of the destruction of referential houses. She wanted people to see “neighbourhood houses with love” and that is why se decided to write the book.

During the research she analyses several residences, among them stands the one which used to be Dr. Arocena’s house. To Ms. Caubarrère one of the buildings which generates curiosity is Mr. Acosta y Lara’s house, sited on Costa Rica and Gabriel Otero Streets. It was built in 1917 by the Architects Vázquez  Barrière, Acosta y Lara and Ruano. At the entrance there is a Griffon shield, the mythological creature half eagle half lion, which remind us to the legends of the Greek god Apollo and that came back to the Babylonian and Persian cultures.
She also highlights the Morató house, built in 1924 for the Norwegian Alexander Christophersen on Alberdi Street. The residence resembles an Italian palace with two towers, which both have a peculiarity one is squared and the other is round. The residence was equipped with luxurious furniture from the Jansen House of Paris and Pyrenean marbles. It had big fireplaces but during winter its inhabitants were cold because, according to Ms. Caubarrère, the housewife was extremely neat and she didn’t want the walls of the residence covered with soot.

The residence Real de Azúa is the only one of these houses that continues to be a resort house and it is the only one that remains in Colonial design. It was built in 1926 by the Architect Fernando Capurro and it is called “the  house of cats” because of the amount of these animals that live there.
The Strauch residence is another of the outstanding houses. It was declared historic patrimony, it was built in 1930 on the ramble by the architects Vázquez Barrière and Ruano. Last year it suffered a fire but according to Ms. Caubarrère the roofs were perfectly re-done. Today it belongs to a company and shows the pattern of what is happening with the residences in Carrasco. “Big  houses are being sold to enterprises which have the money for their maintenance better than a family”. Nevertheless Ms. Caubarrère thinkss that Carrasco continues to be a place with “a familial environment”.

Real Estate Development
The neighbourhood  is gaining even more momentum with the real estate development accross the Carrasco stream and it will have another element of boasting when the emblematic Carrasco Hotel reopen.

As part of this development, the “Embat” Project has flats that make Carrasco Uruguay a perfect place to live.

Source: Uruguay Properties


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