New Book: “The Splendor of Cuba, 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors”


By ivetteromero

Forthcoming this fall is another spectacular tome by Dr. Michael Connors: The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors (Rizzoli, October 2011), including 295 color  photos of Cuba’s architectural gems.

Description: The Splendor of Cuba spans from the early 1500s to the mid 1960s, and features the secret and extraordinarily well preserved opulence of colonial Spanish Creole aristocracy, with its Mudejar craftsmanship, classically inspired grand mansions, baroque palacios, sugar plantations, and the finest examples of the island’s unique 20th century modernism movement.

Exceptional preservation work has kept these villas in their magnificent original state, and the photographs, shot exclusively for this book, show examples in each area of the island—from the interiors and exteriors in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Pinar del Río to close-up details of courtyards, balconies, galleries, balustrades, grilles, and louvered doors in Trinidad, Matanzas, and Holguín. Also included is Finca Vigía (“Lookout Farm”), the former residence of Ernest Hemingway and the 1939 U.S. Ambassador’s residence outside of Havana.