Carlos Thays was born in Paris in 1849. This architect and
French landscaper, disciple of the famous landscaper Edouard André, was one of
the most important designers in the remodeling and extension of the parks and
public squares in Argentina.
He had a deep knowledge of the flora of the north and the Argentine Mesopotamia and modified the urban landscape of the city of Buenos Aires. Carlos Thays brought thousands of trees from the provinces and planted them on the sidewalks of the Capital.
His work at the the Botanical Garden (1892-1898), where he also lived with his family, was astounding. He assembled the flora of the Argentine provinces and other regions of the world and in his outline he managed to determine three types of landscape design: symmetrical, mixed and picturesque. The Botanical Garden of Buenos Aires was the result of research developed by Thays on the forest characteristics of Argentina, and as outcome, he generated proposals for the creation of national parks, aimed at preserving the most spaces in Argentina.
He also worked for private individuals by projecting and designing parks, gardens, greenhouses and ornaments in more than forty rural establishments, specially ranches in the province of Buenos Aires, and also in the first big rural establishments for tourist recreation. He was the creator of parks and public walks in Buenos Aires, San Juan, Tucumán, Córdoba, Paraná, Mendoza, Salta, Sao Luis do Monanhao (Brazil), Rosario (Santa. Fé), Mar del Plata (all the urbanization between 1903 and 1909), Coronel Suárez (province of Buenos Aires), Montevideo, Santiago of Chile and of the urban designs of Palermo Chico (Buenos Aires), Carrasco (Montevideo) and the village of Chovet (Santa Fé).
In all the important cities of the Argentina and in many
ranches and residences it is possible to find Carlos Thays's signature. Often
without knowing it we are enjoying his genius and his love for the country
His designs for the residential neighborhood of Palermo Chico
and the beach population of Carrasco in Montevideo (both in 1912), characterize
his "picturesque" design, both in the architecture and in the urbanism,
associated with a certain informality in the way of life.