Cuba is an island nation with a rich architectural legacy, and historic preservation has long been potent public policy for motives of national identity, cultural pride, and economic development. The preservation movement in Havana initially focused on the historic colonial core of the city as a draw for tourism and has only recently broadened to embrace the city’s splendid modernist architecture.
This presentation will offer an overview of modern architecture in Havana from before and after the 1959 socialist revolution and the shifting—and highly politicized—attitudes toward its preservation. Case studies include elegant pre-revolution private residences, exuberant 1950s casino hotels, and radical avant-garde works from the revolutionary 1960s and 70s. The talk will conclude with a glimpse of the speaker’s own Havana residence, in a notable 1958 apartment building and the challenges and opportunities faced in its renovation.
Belmont (Monty) Freeman is a New York City-based Cuban American architect. The work of his firm, Belmont Freeman Architects, spans both new design and historic preservation. Currently teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, he previously taught at Columbia University, is a columnist for Places journal, and has led many architectural study tours in Cuba, where he has close family and professional ties. belmontfreeman.com
This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N Museum Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Belmont Freeman
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