History

Havana,Cuba is one of few places that is considered to be a blast back to past: by its weathered buildings, the old classic cars and the rich history. It is architecturally rich with international influences such as art nouveau, art deco and eclectic design.

Havana is one of the most architecturally diverse cities in the world. Its buildings clearly mirror its social and political history ever since the Spanish colonial times, up to the more modern present day.

One of the biggest impact the different cultures had upon the Cuban capital come in The form of Havana’s colonial architecture, with a strong Moorish and Spanish influence, including Italian, Greek and Roman styles. Plaza de la Catedral is an example of its Spanish influence.

Art Nouveau, Art Deco & Eclectic influences

The beginning of the 19th century and the now implanted Spanish influence, brought upon the unequalled recurrent arcades, with many interior patios. But during the first decades of the 20th century, Havana expanded more rapidly than at any other time throughout its history. Havana became – along with Buenos Aires – the finest city in Latin America. This prompted Havana’s architecture to be infused with the art nouveau, art deco and eclectic styles from abroad. Not only that, but the 1902 Real Estate Record and Guide imposed strict levels of regulation: balconies, ornaments and even colors required approval, while the architect had to present an elevation drawing of the entire block, to make sure the house was aesthetically agreeable within the neighborhood.

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