Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

In the spring of 2014 E. Dallmeyer was awarded the SOA/AIA Traveling Fellowship in order to travel to Havana, Cuba in order to study the historic preservation program there.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The research E. Dallmeyer worked on in Havana has resulted in 3 conference papers, several presentations, a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte by one of the contacts from Havana and her Masters of Architecture thesis project.  This abstract is still being updated as the thesis develops.

Case Studies and Speculation
Case Studies and Speculation

These buildings are all examples of historic preservation projects that exemplify some combination of preservation, social services and tourism.  Five were completed by the Office of the City Historian, but three are examples of partnerships or non-office work.  The three collages at the bottom speculate about additional non-office work that could extend the impact of historic preservation.

Timeline and Statistics
Timeline and Statistics

This timeline includes the events, buildings, books and articles that are relevant to this Master's thesis.  The statistical maps are modified from Una Experiencia Singular.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This network of people were necessary to complete the research project.  Notice how two separate branches lead to the same Cuban expert.

Thesis Literature Map
Thesis Literature Map

This diagram illustrates the major themes investigated in E. Dallmeyer's thesis.  Each resource is placed according to the relevance to the themes of Economics, Preservation and Social Services as well as their subsets.

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Organizational Chart of the Office of the City Historian
Organizational Chart of the Office of the City Historian

This chart is based on the one published by the Office of the City Historian of Havana in Una Experiencia Singular.  Examining the many authorities and responsibilities of the OCH sheds light on how they accomplish their many projects.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

On the left one of the classic cars Havana is famous for, in the center evidence of the recent changes in property laws and on the right students at the Escuela Taller at work restoring the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Through on site visits, interviews and secondary reading E. Dallmeyer executed research that formed the basis for her M.Arch thesis work and multiple conference papers.

9th Annual Savannah Symposium
9th Annual Savannah Symposium

"The Architecture of Trade" was the title of this conference.  Contact E. Dallmeyer for a copy of the paper she presented in February 2015.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The home of the community San't Egidio is one case study of a building studied as a part of the thesis project.

Housing Typology diagram
Housing Typology diagram

These diagrammatic floor plans are based on a diagram in the book Vivir en el "centro": vivienda e inquilinato en los barrios céntricos de las metrópolis de América Latino by Hans Harms.  They are redrawn here and paired with a panoramic view from the tower of San Francisco de Asis.

The barbacoa or ad hoc intermediate floor
The barbacoa or ad hoc intermediate floor

This diagram is based on the section diagram from that paper 'Arquitectura al service del usuario creadores de su vivienda' by Mesías González and Morales Menocal.  It is redrawn and simplified here and overlaid over a photo of this phenomenon in action on the Paseo de Martí (Prado).

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This photo captures the juxtaposition of this former Presidential Palace, now the Museum of the Revolution, with a fragment of the original city wall, a classic american car and a tank immediately in front.  Scaffolding to restore the dome of the palace is visible.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

View from el Paseo del Prado, officially named Paseo del Martí.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

On the corner of la Plaza Vieja

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Facades of buildings along the Malecón, or seawall.  Suffering from time and sea air.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Orthodox Russian Church in Havana.  Built using traditional brick methods, this building is completely built out of brick.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Inside the Gran Teatro during restoration.  The floor tiles were removed to restore partial floors through the rest of the theater, this floor will be completely replaced.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The edge of the protected zone in Old Havana.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The front elevation of the Cathedral.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This perspective was taken as E. Dallmeyer walked out of the Santo Angel plazuela.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

View of complete interior collapse, Old Havana.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Che mural on the receiving warehouse on the docks.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The scaffolding on the Capitol building is evidence of its ongoing restoration.  The facades on the right have already been completed.

Belén Convent
Belén Convent
Wooden scaffolding
Wooden scaffolding
Prepping in San Francisco de Asís
Prepping in San Francisco de Asís
Escuela Taller working in Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Escuela Taller working in Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Belén neighborhood
Belén neighborhood
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Case Studies and Speculation
Timeline and Statistics
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Thesis Literature Map
tripartite vnew-01.jpg
Organizational Chart of the Office of the City Historian
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
9th Annual Savannah Symposium
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Housing Typology diagram
The barbacoa or ad hoc intermediate floor
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba
Belén Convent
Wooden scaffolding
Prepping in San Francisco de Asís
Escuela Taller working in Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Belén neighborhood
Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

In the spring of 2014 E. Dallmeyer was awarded the SOA/AIA Traveling Fellowship in order to travel to Havana, Cuba in order to study the historic preservation program there.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The research E. Dallmeyer worked on in Havana has resulted in 3 conference papers, several presentations, a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte by one of the contacts from Havana and her Masters of Architecture thesis project.  This abstract is still being updated as the thesis develops.

Case Studies and Speculation

These buildings are all examples of historic preservation projects that exemplify some combination of preservation, social services and tourism.  Five were completed by the Office of the City Historian, but three are examples of partnerships or non-office work.  The three collages at the bottom speculate about additional non-office work that could extend the impact of historic preservation.

Timeline and Statistics

This timeline includes the events, buildings, books and articles that are relevant to this Master's thesis.  The statistical maps are modified from Una Experiencia Singular.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This network of people were necessary to complete the research project.  Notice how two separate branches lead to the same Cuban expert.

Thesis Literature Map

This diagram illustrates the major themes investigated in E. Dallmeyer's thesis.  Each resource is placed according to the relevance to the themes of Economics, Preservation and Social Services as well as their subsets.

Organizational Chart of the Office of the City Historian

This chart is based on the one published by the Office of the City Historian of Havana in Una Experiencia Singular.  Examining the many authorities and responsibilities of the OCH sheds light on how they accomplish their many projects.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

On the left one of the classic cars Havana is famous for, in the center evidence of the recent changes in property laws and on the right students at the Escuela Taller at work restoring the Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Through on site visits, interviews and secondary reading E. Dallmeyer executed research that formed the basis for her M.Arch thesis work and multiple conference papers.

9th Annual Savannah Symposium

"The Architecture of Trade" was the title of this conference.  Contact E. Dallmeyer for a copy of the paper she presented in February 2015.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The home of the community San't Egidio is one case study of a building studied as a part of the thesis project.

Housing Typology diagram

These diagrammatic floor plans are based on a diagram in the book Vivir en el "centro": vivienda e inquilinato en los barrios céntricos de las metrópolis de América Latino by Hans Harms.  They are redrawn here and paired with a panoramic view from the tower of San Francisco de Asis.

The barbacoa or ad hoc intermediate floor

This diagram is based on the section diagram from that paper 'Arquitectura al service del usuario creadores de su vivienda' by Mesías González and Morales Menocal.  It is redrawn and simplified here and overlaid over a photo of this phenomenon in action on the Paseo de Martí (Prado).

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This photo captures the juxtaposition of this former Presidential Palace, now the Museum of the Revolution, with a fragment of the original city wall, a classic american car and a tank immediately in front.  Scaffolding to restore the dome of the palace is visible.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

View from el Paseo del Prado, officially named Paseo del Martí.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

On the corner of la Plaza Vieja

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Facades of buildings along the Malecón, or seawall.  Suffering from time and sea air.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Orthodox Russian Church in Havana.  Built using traditional brick methods, this building is completely built out of brick.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Inside the Gran Teatro during restoration.  The floor tiles were removed to restore partial floors through the rest of the theater, this floor will be completely replaced.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The edge of the protected zone in Old Havana.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The front elevation of the Cathedral.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

This perspective was taken as E. Dallmeyer walked out of the Santo Angel plazuela.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

View of complete interior collapse, Old Havana.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

Che mural on the receiving warehouse on the docks.

Historic Preservation in Havana, Cuba

The scaffolding on the Capitol building is evidence of its ongoing restoration.  The facades on the right have already been completed.

Belén Convent
Wooden scaffolding
Prepping in San Francisco de Asís
Escuela Taller working in Castillo de San Salvador de la Punta
Belén neighborhood
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