Revealing the Layers of Cuba’s Architecture

12By Eve M. Kahn
New York Times

The Cuban government may be sending a subtle message to potential American tourists that preserved architecture and antiques collections are viewable throughout the island.

The historian Michael Connors and the photographer Brent Winebrenner did get shooed away from one 1840s palacio in Havana. “It is ironically the headquarters of the Institute of the History of the Communist Movement and the Socialist Revolution, and therefore strictly off limits to foreigners,” Mr. Connors writes in The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors(Rizzoli).

Mr. Connors’s book shows Louis Comfort Tiffany floral lamps set on end tables at a countess’s 1920s house, furnished by the Parisian firm Maison Jansen. (The property was turned into a museum in 1964, soon after the countess fled the Communist takeover.)