7 Sites in Havana That Tell the Story of Cuba’s Rich Architectural History

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Kaley Overstreet and photographer Evan Chakroff (ArchDaily) present descriptions and photos of seven architecturally (and historically) important sites located in Havana. She includes thirty photos of The Cuban National Schools of Arts, the Russian Embassy (aka La Espada de Rusia), Cementerio de Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus Cemetery), Coppelia, Hotel Habana Libre, Revolution Square, and Old Havana. Overstreet writes:

Havana is often referred to as a time machine that transports visitors to a particular moment in history, seemingly frozen in time. While it is a city that boasts an exhaustive timeline of imported styles, Havana in the present day is not defined by a singular historical era—either in its political climate or in its architectural zeitgeist.

Over the decades, the Cuban Revolution has had powerful domestic and international repercussions. In particular, it transformed Cuba’s relationship with the United States. But efforts to improve diplomatic relations have gained momentum in recent years, with the teetering lift of the embargo that exacerbated a David and Goliath situation and left a lasting economic impact on the Cuban people. Havana’s skyline has hardly altered since the fall of the Soviet Union, and the city became shut off from the rest of the world, having to rely heavily on its own resources. Today, the government in Havana occupies the gap between the last stance of post-Cold War communism, and the looming influence of Capitalism, a situation which reveals itself in the variety of distinct architectural styles. These seven sites in the island nation’s capital best explain the story about where Havana has been, and offer a prediction as to where it may head next. [. . .]

School of Plastic Arts (Ricardo Porro, 1961-65)

For full article and photo gallery, see https://www.archdaily.com/894093/7-sites-in-havana-that-tell-the-story-of-cubas-rich-architectural-history

One thought on “7 Sites in Havana That Tell the Story of Cuba’s Rich Architectural History

  1. Great to see others covering the beautiful and nostalgic sites of Havana. My two latest books, HAVANA MODERN, and CUBA: 101 BEAUTIFUL & NOSTALGIC PLACES TO VISIT feature all of Cuba’s architectural gems.

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