Architecture and Preservation in Havana, Cuba
A Trip Hosted by Utah Heritage Foundation
April 3-9, 2016
This trip is booked full! (as of February 22, 2016)
Utah Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce its first program in celebration of the organization’s 50th Anniversary in 2016 – Architecture and Preservation in Havana, Cuba.
Cuba has often been referred to as a land lost in time. 1957 Chevys still cruise the streets and Havana neighborhoods display building representing over five centuries of rich heritage. The salt, humidity, and hurricanes have no doubt taken their toll on these architectural masterpieces, but time has made it more evident that the buildings are in need of serious repair. The Cuban government has been working diligently to rehabilitate these buildings, but it’s a massive undertaking that’s been made even more difficult due to the U.S. embargo.
Historic preservation has become a key strategy and innovative tool for the revitalization and sustainable economic development of distressed urban neighborhoods of Havana and rural areas in Cuba. These examples provide models for the revitalization and sustainable development of urban and rural areas in other economically challenged areas of the world, including the United States.
Friday, August 14, 2015 marked the grand reopening ceremony for the U.S. embassy in Havana. Progress in normalizing relations with Cuba is quickly being made and changes to the landscape are inevitable. Although only ninety miles of ocean separate us from Havana, it sometimes feels like we are worlds apart. However, we can find commonality with the Cuban people through our desire to preserve our architectural legacy. What will the progress between Washington, D.C. and Cuba mean for Havana’s 500 years of architectural history? The embargo has created hardship but it has also prevented modern urbanization that would have likely destroyed many buildings.
The Board of Trustees invites you to join Utah Heritage Foundation on a unique excursion to see firsthand the historic architecture and its preservation of Havana while experiencing the art, cuisine, music, and culture Cuba’s capital city on the precipice of change.