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A noite - the first skyscraper in Latin America

Jul 9, 2017

A Noite

The building "A Noite", in English “the night”, is the first skyscraper in Latin America. It is located in Rio de Janeiro and built in an Art Deco style. When we look at old pictures of Rio de Janeiro this building stands out. The head office of many companies, including the radio Nacional which broadcast famous programmes and soap operas, used to be in this building. These programmes were used from the 30s to the 50s by the president of Brazil, Getúlio Vargas, as a propaganda tool. The last occupant of A Noite was the National Industrial Property Institute.

Nowadays the building is empty because of maintenance issues. There are plans to renovate it, but none have materialised. As a consequence of the Olympic games the  area of surrounding the building was restored; this included the renovation of the Port area and the construction of the  "boulevard olimpico". Unfortunately, " A Noite" continues to be neglected.

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