María Antonia Astengo de Barrutia, born in the early 1900's, belonged to a high-class family of her time. Daughter of Enrique Juan Astengo and Antonia Saint Marie, together with his 6 brothers lived all their existence in Rosario, city that learned to love from his earliest age. Member of a family group that gave to their city everything that they harvested in life, as attested by Hogar Astengo de Alvear, Santa Fe province, Teatro Astengo de Rosario, generous contributions for the development of the theater the Circle , The lamentably lost Columbus Theater, the remodeling of the Spanish Hospital, a great contribution for the Argentine Library, as well as numerous foundations and charitable works of the city, and a collection of European paintings that increased the cultural heritage of the Museo Castagnino. For the Centennial Hospital, where, through the management of the Medical Sciences Foundation of Rosario, he built, developed and equipped the Day Hospital of this institution, now a relevant public assistance service in the city.
In his handwritten words he expressed for this last donation that "this work that I offer is in memory of my father, in homage to the people of Rosario, in them I thought when I made the decision to offer them this Service ..."