If you’re interested in architecture and planning in Cuba, you’re in luck. The new issue of CUARTILLA INFORMATIVA is out today. Edited by Manuel (Manolo) J. Sanchez Victores, and produced in collaboration with colleagues in the United States and Cuba, the newsletter is all about the restoration efforts in Old Havana and Cuba. You can download it here. A back issue that I’ve been slow in posting is online too. You can find it here.
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CUARTILLA is presented in both English and Spanish and has beautiful color photographs as well as maps and planning diagrams. Here’s a selected taste of what you will find in the new issue. In the words of the editor:
Havana is taking back her maritime front. Taking into consideration that the waterfront will eventually stop being used for commercial activities, the rehabilitation process of the port has already started in the section known as Puerto Viejo.
THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA: LA CARIDAD THEATER
THE TOWN OF SAGUA LA GRANDE: APPLICATION FOR NATIONAL LANDMARK DESIGNATION
From the 20th century: The first years of the 20th century helped architecture to develop. The architectural legacy from this period is of a rich and varied design which eclecticism encouraged. There are large buildings of an exceptional quality such as Palacio Arenas, Casino Español, and the current Art Gallery, among others. The
houses that make up the urban fabric show great coherence and richness. Noteworthy examples can also be found among those houses.
MUSEOLOGICAL PLAN OF THE MUSEUM OF MUSIC RODRIGO PRATS LLORENS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAGUA LA GRANDE, PROVINCE OF VILLA CLARA, CUBA
It shows the life and artistic work in Cuba and abroad of Antonio Abad Lugo Machín, the interpreter of different genres of Cuban popular music. He is considered to be an emblematic voice of the Cuban and European songbook. The following items are exhibited: percussion instruments like ‘claves’ and maracas, a millionaire record for Cuban discography, “El Manisero;” documents: magazines and acrostics, and decorative elements such as a sofa of wood and damask, two cast iron pedestals, two bronze candelabra and a bronze and glass lamp.
The previous issue of CUARTILLA came out in March. You can download it here. You’ll find the following information:
THE CITY OF SANTA CLARA : LA CARIDAD THEATER
“La Caridad” theater belongs to the group of old buildings that surround Santa Clara’s “Leoncio Vidal” Park, a national landmark. Of all the buildings, the theater is the one that has best preserved its original characteristics. Many writers have suggested that it is the most important architectural landmark of the city.
THE TOWN OF SAGUA LA GRANDE: THE RAILROAD TERMINAL BUILDING
The location of this building within the town’s urban fabric is similar to that of the parochial church: both obstruct a view from one of the main arteries of the town. It was constructed in 1882. Its monumentality helps to show the development Sagua la Grande’s railroad had reached. The main facade’s pediment is one, among others, of the building’s characteristically neoclassical elements. At the turn of the 20th century, it was remodeled: two lateral
naves were added.
THE CITY OF HAVANA
THE CITY OF CIENFUEGOS
Each one of the buildings that make up the historic center has very singular characteristics, particularly those constructions that were built on a date as early as 1819,
MUSEOLOGICAL PLAN OF THE MUSEUM OF MUSIC RODRIGO PRATS LLORENS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SAGUA LA GRANDE, PROVINCE OF VILLA CLARA, CUBA (Part One)
Many thanks to Manolo and his colleagues and collaborators. Please feel free to leave comments for them on the blog. It would be great to have a discussion of the newsletter on Cuban Art World.
Photograph of LA CARIDAD THEATER courtesy of CUARTILLA INFORMATIVA.