You probably know Eva Perón best as the historical figure portrayed by the likes of Elaine Page, Patti LuPone and Madonna. A political icon, style maven and cultural sensation all in one, it's safe to say that the Argentine beauty has quite a reputation for extravagance well beyond the grave. After a little investigation, we learned that her homes at Buenos Aires' presidential residences were just as lavish as her lush wardrobe.
After championing women's suffrage, all the while defending her highly controversial political intentions, Evita's final years as the country's First Lady were spent in truly remarkable homes. The Perón family divided their time between the presidential office Casa Rosada, the Quinta de Olivos property and the Unzue Palace Residence, the primary residence in Buenos Aires where the couple lived.
If you remember Madonna's farewell scene, then you're already familiar with the Casa Rosada. Popularly known as the Pink House (where Evita delivered her balcony address), the classical Italian structure underwent a variety of transformations and purposes, including brief stints as a fort and a post office and now as an official government office and museum.
Quinta de Olivos is a stunning example of Neo-Gothic/Baroque architecture which continues to serve as the president's official living quarters today. Eva's husband, President Juan Perón, apparently decked it out during his administration with an amphitheater, a reflecting pool and a greenhouse among other extravagant amenities.
Casa Rosada (Pink House)
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Quinta de Olivos (Main Gates)
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Needless to say, Argentina's beloved Evita knew how to live in style. In honor of her birthday today, we couldn't think of a better way to commemorate her than by taking a look back at her brilliant fashion sense.
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