For the visitor to Havana, Cuba, one of the most striking features of the city is its architecture. The architecture of Havana is an echo of a time of cultural splendor and creativity. Some would say this state of mind still exists today. A city framed by the beauty of its architecture, both modern and historical and its weary decay. But fear not, a massive reconstruction and renovation project has been underway for years, restoring what is lovely in Havana.
As a guide to the architecture in Havana, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez has written an excellent compilation of the architecture of Havana for architects and travelers alike. The Havana Guide by Rodriguez takes us on a journey through Havana visiting architecture from the 1920s to 1965. From the wealthy neighborhoods of by-gone times, neighborhoods oft-times renamed today to reflect the changes which have occurred in Cuba since 1959.
Rodriguez provides the reader with a guide to some 200 buildings, floor plans, maps to neighborhoods, contemporary and archival photographs, at times mentioning the current uses of the structures. Today some serve as hotels, diplomatic residences, other residences and government buildings.
He has given an account of the history of 20th century Cuban modernist architecture in Havana. Rodriguez writes of architecture designed up until 1965, a style of architecture then replaced with an collision of what is Latin American of the South and political ideology.
An excellent guide for both the traveler and the architect, “The Havana Guide” can be purchased from Amazon: The Havana Guide: Modern Architecture 1925-1965by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez .
To view other books on the architecture of Havana, read about the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) located on the outskirts of Havana “Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools” by John ALoomis.