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Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage by Cathryn Griffith

Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage reveals the glories that have been kept from our sight. Until now.

The book contains 240 pages documenting Havana’s most important buildings and urban spaces.

Over 350 illustrations juxtapose historical colored postcard images of Havana with recent digital color photographs of the same views. In the text, 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, and the extent to which it is being restored and preserved today. The images and text together present a range of different and compelling perspectives and provoke exploration of the ways we look at all cities.

About Cathryn Griffith, author of Havana Revisited: An Architectural Heritage:

Cathryn Griffith grew up in Erie PA, the oldest of 3 children. After being widowed young, she raised her daughter on her own in the Boston area. She earned a BA with honors in French Culture and graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 1988. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2008. A photographer and book artist, Cathryn has had solo exhibitions at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, the Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura in Havana, and the Erie (PA) History Center. Her work was exhibited in the Havana Bienal 2009. She is the author of Weaving Hopes and Prayers, a limited edition handmade artist’s book which is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Boston Public Library, Getty Research Institute, Mount Holyoke College, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Smith College, Temple University, University of Utah and Wellesley College. To see Cathryn Griffith’s other projects, visit

Book: ISBN 978-0-393-73284-9

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