Edificio Kavanagh

Notable Building in Retiro

A feisty Irishwoman funded the construction of this handsome art deco–style apartment building, which was the tallest skyscraper in Latin America at the time of its construction in 1936. A local rumor claims that the heiress, vengeful toward another aristocratic family for scorning her daughter, built the structure that high to block light from entering the basilica where her rivals attended Mass every Sunday.