Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage by Cathryn GriffithHavana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage by Cathryn Griffith

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage

byCathryn GriffithForeword byE L SpenglerTranslated byDick Cluster

Hardcover | March 30, 2010

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Interpreting the present in light of the past, eleven renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists, and urban planners in Cuba and the United States provide a rigorous examination of Havana old and new that provokes exploration of the ways we look at all cities. These authoritative policy makers and thinkers raise issues of how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries and the extent to which it is being restored and preserved today.

More than 350 illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views. The imagery, based on years of exhaustive research and investigation, draws from Cathryn Griffith’s collection of more than 600 postcards of Havana from 1900 to 1930, over 3,000 photographs made there during multiple trips since April 2003, and extensive interviews with experts in Havana and the United States.
Cathryn Griffith, a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she develops and manages industrial real estate.
Title:Havana Revisited: An Architectural HeritageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 10.25 × 10.5 × 1 inPublished:March 30, 2010Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393732843

ISBN - 13:9780393732849

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[A] fascinating portrait of a city across time. — Design Observer[T]he next best thing to being there that we’ll probably ever have….It’s rare that one gets to so colorfully visit a city without leaving the house. — The Miami Sun PostAwestruck visitors to Cuba’s gorgeous capital most often ask the question—who will protect these architectural treasures once the American embargo ends and the commercial onslaught begins? Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage provides the powerful answer that the greatest curators of Havana’s past will also be the most passionate champions of Havana’s future, the Cuban people themselves. This book reminds us how deeply Cubans are attached to their capital and how jealously they have protected its landmarks for five hundred years. — Sarah Stephens, executive director, Center for Democracy in the AmericasHavana Revisited captures the architectural essence of a city where past and present comingle in mysterious ways. Juxtaposing images of old and new, accompanied by astute prose, this exquisite book bridges the expanse of time and does something extraordinary: it takes you on a journey to an era long ago while remaining rooted in the here and now. !Viva la habana! — T. J. English, author of Havana NocturneGriffith’s images and the maps are extremely useful to students of Cuban architecture, and will be of great interest to general readers curious about the capital….those who are unable to visit can ‘see’ at least some of the city in this beautiful volume. — Wellesley Magazine