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It was former president Néstor Kirchner who, in 2005, first proposed turning the abandoned former central post office into a cultural center. He died in 2010 before the project was completed, but the breathtaking cultural center was named in his honor. Within the vast beaux-arts structure – which stands eight stories tall and takes up an entire city block – are multiple art galleries, events spaces and auditoriums. The highlight, however, is the Ballena Azul, a concert hall with world-class acoustics that seats 1800.
The original building, which was modeled on New York City’s main post office, took nearly 30 years to complete (in 1928). Restoration for the cultural center began in 2009 and it opened in May 2015. The architects used glass and stainless steel to maintain and add to the beauty of the original structure.
The result is one of BA’s grandest buildings, and it’s well worth a visit. It's free to enter and there may be exhibitions to see that don't require tickets, but there are a host of activities (such as yoga and dance classes as well as concerts) that are free but ticketed – check the website to see what's on and act quickly if you want to book. Free guided tours of the center in Spanish are given at 2pm and 3:30pm at weekends with advance online bookings.