Book Presentation: Michael Connors Presents “Havana Modern” in St. Croix


Dr. Michael Connors will present his newest publication, Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture, on December 17, 2014, from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Undercover Books, located at Gallows Bay, Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors is a book on Caribbean architecture and decorative details by Dr. Michael Connors. With a foreword by architect Ricardo Porro and photography by Néstor Martí (both from Cuba), this book takes readers on an unprecedented tour of the Cuban capital’s most architecturally significant private homes and buildings.

Description: Spanning the early 1900s to 1965, this lavish volume offers a thoughtful survey of the modern movement in Cuban architecture, covering Art Nouveau and Art Deco through the flowering of high modernism just before the Revolution. Gorgeous, full-color photographs showcase the best examples from the artsy Vedado neighborhood and seaside streets of Miramar, to Central Havana and the posh Country Club Park area.  In addition to highlighting homes and spaces which are mostly inaccessible to visitors and have never before been photographed, Havana Modern features some of the city’s most iconic places, such as Cuba’s remarkably futuristic National Schools of Art; the landmark Art Deco Bacardi building; Casa de Alfred von Schulthess by Richard Neutra; the stylish Habana Riviera Hotel and its original 1957 interiors; the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, designed by McKim, Mead & White, on Havana’s seaside drive, the Malecón; and the world-famous Tropicana cabaret nightclub by architect Max Borges Jr.

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