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La Plata street grid is the master plan of planning engineer Pedro Benoit in 1881. The city has an obelisk commemorating his city plan. The obelisk is made of five pieces of red granite extracted from the Sierra Chica quarries, weighing 22 tons each. The obelisk is 15.10 m high. The Obelisk of La Plata is a was inaugurated 19 November, 1932, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the city. The obelisk is located in Plaza San Martín at the corner of 6 and 50 and diagonal 80. PEDRO BENOIT: Pedro Benoit 18 (February, 1836 – 04 April, 1897) was an Argentine architect, engineer, and urbanist best known for designing the layout of the city of La Plata. In 1880 resentment over the apportionment of rapidly growing customs duties from the main port in Buenos Aires led to a failed insurrection in the Province of Buenos Aires against the newly elected administration of President Julio Roca. In 1881 Buenos Aires Provincial voters, elected candidate Dardo Rocha who, despite his disadvantage in belonging to Roca's PAN, articulated a message of political integration with the suddenly prosperous Argentina. Facing ongoing secessionist pressures from his constituency, Governor Rocha proposed the creation of a new provincial capital in replacement of the city of Buenos Aires, federalized as the nation's capital in 1880. The proposal, acceptable to the province's Independence-leaning gentry, was quickly approved by Congress. Governor Rocha commissioned Benoit to plan the new city, which became the renowned urbanist's most ambitious project. Named La Plata after its mention in José Hernández's epic Martín Fierro, the city was planned by Benoit in a regular pattern of diagonals and precisely-placed squares. In 1889 the master plan for the city earned Benoit two gold medals at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition, where La Plata was honoured as the "City of the Future”. In 1890 Benoit was elected to the La Plata City Council during which he designed his city's great seal. In 1883 Benoit became La Plata’s Mayor and also accepted a post as the Director of the Provincial Mortgage Bank. In 1897 Benoit became the first Dean of the School of Engineering in the newly created University of La Plata. The strain proved too much for Benoit however and he died suddenly 04 April 1897, at age 61. Benoit is buried in La Recoleta Cemetery.

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