was an Italian architect born in Susa, Italy
Susa is a city and comune in Piedmont, Italy. It is situated on at the confluence of the Cenischia with the Dora Riparia, a tributary of the Po River, at the foot of the Cottian Alps, 51 km west of Turin.-History:...
, near Turin
Turin is a city and major business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River and surrounded by the Alpine arch. The population of the city proper is 909,193 while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat...
Background and early career
He studied architecture in Albertina Academy in Turin.
In 1884 he arrived in Argentina
Argentina , officially the Argentine Republic , is the second largest country in South America by land area, after Brazil. It is constituted as a federation of 23 provinces and an autonomous city, Buenos Aires...
to work in the studio of the Italian architect Francesco Tamburini
Francesco Tamburini was an architect born in Italy who died in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied architecture in the Royal Academy of Naples and arrived in Argentina in 1881 where he was employed as Inspector General of National Architecture from 1883 until his death in 1891.His works included...
, who at that time was involved in a number of major public works, including the enlargement and renovation of the Casa Rosada
La Casa Rosada is the official seat of the executive branch of the government of Argentina, and of the offices of the President. The President normally lives at the Quinta de Olivos, a compound in Olivos, Buenos Aires Province. Its characteristic color is pink, and is considered one of the most...
Buenos Aires: work on Teatro Colón and Argentine National Congress
They worked together on the new building for the Teatro Colón until the death of Tamburini in 1890, after which Meano took charge of the project.
After winning the competition for the design of the Argentine National Congress
The Congress of the Argentine Nation is the legislative branch of the government of Argentina. Its composition is bicameral, constituted by a 72-seat Senate and a 257-seat Chamber of Deputies....
building in 1895, he became entirely absorbed with these two great public works.
Montevideo: work on Legislative Palace
Meano won the international competition for the design of the Palacio Legislativo
The Legislative Palace in Montevideo, Uruguay, is the name of the working place of the General Assembly of Uruguay.-Construction:The construction of this building started in 1904 sponsored by the government of President José Batlle y Ordoñez....
building in Montevideo
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Shortly after this achievement, he died prematurely in tragic circumstances on 1 June 1904.