It’s highly unlikely that Griffith and her cohorts compiled this collection to bemoan what’s been lost; I’m thinking they’re far more interested in ensuring that what’s left remains standing for generations to come.

John Hood in Miami SunPost

This lavishly illustrated book, with a foreword by the Historian of the City of Havana, Eusebio Leal Spengler, beautifully documents the history, preservation, and present uses of Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces.

Throughout the 240-page book, more than 350 illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views.

In each chapter, text by renowned architects, historians, scholars, preservationists and urban planners in Cuba and the United States examine Havana old and new, raising issues of how the most important city in Spanish colonial America developed and changed over several centuries, as well as the extent to which restoration and preservation serve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The images and text together present a range of different and compelling perspectives and provoke exploration of the ways we look at all cities.

Order your copy directly from the publisher here.

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