Praça Roosevelt (EN)

Reopened in 2012 after extensive renovation work, Praça Roosevelt [Roosevelt Square] is one of the key theater and nightlife centers in São Paulo. A very sought-after area for the practice of skateboarding, the square surroundings include numerous avant-garde spaces for the city’s theatrical scene, in addition to several bars. The cultural offerings of the surroundings include some of the most popular facets of São Paulo, such as the multicultural Rua Augusta [Augusta Street] and the gastronomy options found at Rua Avanhandava [Avanhandava Street]. This zone is full of history as well: urbanized in the 1890s, it was home to what was the first football stadium in Brazil, the Velódromo Paulistano. Opened in 1892 for cycling purposes, and repurposed in 1901 for football, it was located where Rua Nestor Pestana  [Nestor Pestana Street] and Teatro Cultura Artística [Culture Theatre Arts] are located today.

Curiosities:

– In the 19th century, that area belonged to Dona Veridiana Prado, and it started to be divided into plots on 1890.

– Due to the presence of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolação [Church of Our Lady of Consolation], such square was known for a long time as Praça da Consolação [Consolation Square]. Since 1950 it has had the current name: Praça Franklin Roosevelt [Franklin Roosevelt Square].

– From 1967 to 1970, the square went through extensive renovations, according to a design by architect Eduardo Cardoso. A new renovation was carried out, from 2010 to 2012, giving the square its current features.

– On the 50s and 60s, Roosevelt Square had a prominent place in the Bossa Nova music genre: great names of Brazilian music attended and played at bars and restaurant around the square, which hosted events such as the formation of Zimbo Trio and Elis Regina’s first show in the city, when she was 19 years old.

– The square’s area is of approximately 25,100 m².

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Location: close to República metro station.