Alejandro Christophersen

Alejandro Christophersen (1866–1946) was an Argentine architect and artist of Norwegian descent who designed many important buildings in the city of Buenos Aires, including the renowned Anchorena Palace.

Alejandro Christophersen
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Alejandro Christophersen
Cádiz, Spain
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Known forArchitect and Artist
Notable work
Anchorena Palace
Círculo Italiano


Christophersen was born in Cádiz, Spain in 1866, the son of the Norwegian diplomat, Consul to Spain. He studied architecture in Belgium and art in Paris. In 1888 he arrived in Argentina, and settled in Buenos Aires, during his career as an architect he gave the port city many of its most important buildings.

He was a professor at the School of Architecture of the Faculty of Natural and Exact Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires, he is considered to be one of the central figures of eclectic architecture in Argentina, where he was one of the founder members of the Central Society of Architects. His earlier works were influenced by French Second Empire architecture, though his later projects were Rationalist.

Christophersen was also an accomplished painter, and became well known for his impressionist portraits of local society ladies. He died in Buenos Aires in 1946.


His most important works include:

San Martín Palace
Buenos Aires Stock Exchange
Basilica of Santa Rosa de Lima
Transradio Building

External linksEdit


  • Alberto Dodero & Philippe Cros. Argentina, The Golden Years, 1889-1939. El Ateneo, 2007.