Purdy & Henderson in La Habana “…established since Cuba became a Republic…”

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Conservation Architect at Pantel, del Cueto & Associates, Beatriz del Cueto, FAIA, FAAR, will present her 2018 Arnold W. Brunner Grant research and documentation project Purdy & Henderson in La Habana “…established since Cuba became a Republic…” Purdy & Henderson were one of the U.S. firms who traveled to Cuba to offer their expertise as consultants to local designers, test their material and design patents, as well as to incorporate new types of building technologies into the growing cities.

In 1899-1900, their first foreign branch office overseas was established in Havana. Their earliest Cuban projects, which coincided with the founding years of the Cuban Republic (1902), included several steel-framed edifices clad in concrete-block, cast-stone, natural stone, as well as those built of reinforced concrete. They worked in close collaboration with Cuban architects and engineers, serving as their engineering structural consultants and incorporated building construction and supervision services at this branch of their company in addition to the importation of building materials and equipment needed on the Island.

Amongst their best-known projects are Havana’s Capitol building, the Hotel Nacional, the Banco Nacional, the Centro Gallego and Centro Asturiano, as well as other landmark structures. This course will discuss the unique architectural connection between Cuba and the United States in the early 20th century as well as particular design and building technologies employed in the construction of these buildings that have survived for decades with little to no maintenance. These examples can be applied to historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects for a variety of buildings constructed in the 1900s. 

Beatriz del Cueto, FAIA, FAAR, 
Conservation Architect at Pantel, del Cueto & Associates


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