155. map development 4

17 Mar 2008

By early 2006, my general map was complete. But the entire project was put on hold since my walking tours were booming. It became impossible to juggle everything. Also, as I did more tours of downtown Buenos Aires, it seemed that a guidebook to that area was more important so I shifted focus to that.

At the same time, the Friends’ Association of Recoleta Cemetery (ADACRE) began publishing a map & selling it at the front gate for 4 pesos [Update: 2009 price is 6 pesos, 2011 price is 8 pesos]. Proceeds went to fund recent restoration work not done by any national or city organization in decades. Good for them. Although much better than previous maps, even their effort needed some improvement:

ADACRE map, Recoleta Cemetery

Both the foldable square format & the price were right. And 159 tombs were listed… many more than the 89 from the previous map. The interior contained a few black & white photos with a brief historical summary in Spanish, French, English & German. So far, so good.

But in an effort to be more inclusive, the design suffered. Due to space constraints, the only text that could accompany each name was a single word: President, poet, writer, politician. Most people outside Latin America have probably never heard of these people before, & a one-word biography seems worse than nothing at all. Finally, the list of personalities is not in alphabetical order & is not practical if you want to look for someone in particular:

ADACRE map

But the biggest problem was the actual map itself. It looks like someone took the hand-drawn map pictured in Part 1 of this series, scanned it, & used it without editing anything. Lines are crooked & the tomb divisions are incorrect. The numbers used are placed haphazardly… no order at all. In the photo below, the entrance is shown with a huge range of numbers (#1, #42, #71 & #146). For easy use, the map should be arranged numerically or alphabetically, but this was neither:

ADACRE map

The ADACRE map was by far the best yet, but apparently the graphic designer has little experience.

Read the complete story: Part one, two, three, five, six & seven. The PDF guidebook is now available.

2 responses

  1. Ezequiel Martínez Rubio comments:

    Robert, he notado algunos errores en dicho plano:
    1- La referencia 53 dice que pertenece a GELLY Y OBES JUAN ANDRES, cuando corresponde referencia 52 y viceversa la 53 corresponde a ALEM, ILLIA, YRIGOYEN Y REV.DEL 90.
    2- La referencia 144, correspondiente al mausoleo del ex-presidente Ramón Castillo es “inhallable” (espero que alguien sepa donde está o al menos yo no la pude encontrar).
    3- La referencia 85 marca el mausoleo del ex-presidente Victorino de la Plaza, cuando este mausoleo no pertenece más a la familia “de la Plaza” sino a otra, de la que tú haces referencia en el artículo correspondiente a “Victorino de la Plaza” en tu página.

  2. Robert comments:

    Ezequiel – Supongo que hay más errores aún. Puede ser que lo que pasó con Victorino de la Plaza también pasó con Castillo… se mudó a otro cementerio. El error de Victorino de la Plaza es perdonable, dado que se mudó recién. Espero que lo corrijen en la próxima edición.

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