Betancourt, Museum, Santiago de Cuba

Walter Betancourt as a Contractor Part II

Walter Betancourt was a Cuban American architect.  After graduating from University of Virginia, and studying under Richard Neutra, he headed to Cuba to be part of the ‘revolution’ that was promised in the arts as well as the government.  Disillusioned he moved to Santiago de Cuba in 1965.  Betancourt finished 17 works in the easter […]

Betancourt, Theater, Bayamo, Cuba

Walter Betancourt as a Contractor Part I

Church of Our Lady of the Light was remodeled into the Sala Teatro José Joaquín Palma by Walter Betancourt. Located in the older part of the town of Bayamo at Carlos Manuel de Céspedes and Perch Figueredo y Loro, the church was one of the few colonial buildings that survived the burning of the city in […]

Walter Betancourt, Pyramides, Cuba

Cafetería Las Pirámides

Built in 1966, this was architect  Walter Betancourt’s first work in Santiago de Cuba. The cafeteria was built on a small plot of land that sits as an island in the middle of Avenida René Ramos Latour, where it converges with Mariana Grajales and the Paseo Marti. The building is composed of several exposed brick pyramidal […]

Hatuey in Cuba

Hatuey

Baracoa, Cuba   Hatuey is one of the most important people in Cuban history, originally from Hispaniola, he fled with many other natives to warn the people of Caobana of the treachery of the oncoming onslaught of the Spanish. Sadly the Caobanans did not believe him and few joined him in his fight against the […]

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Che Guevara in Santa Clara, Cuba

Santa Clara, Cuba has an international airport, so this can often be the landing point of tourists to the country. If you land in Santa Clara the number one stop on all tourist itineraries is the Che Guevara Mausoleum. “Che” was an Argentinean medical student that stood with Fidel Castro in the overthrow of Batista […]

Casa Velazquez Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Casa de Velazquez

Parque Cespedes Santiago de Cuba   Diego Valazquez was the first governor of Cuba.  He was a cruel despot by all accounts, but his home, built in 1515 still stands as the oldest colonial-era house on the island. The home is of the Mudéjar style (or Hispanic-Moorish).  This style is characterized by its balconies, carved […]

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Parque del Ajedrez or Chess Park

This small corner park at Santo Tomás and Enramada Strets in Santiago de Cuba, was designed by American architect Walter Betancourt. Betancourt was born in 1932 in New York, son of Cuban parents that had escaped to Florida during the Cuban War for Independence. As a child of Cubans, Betancourt vacationed often in Cuba. After […]

Cuban Art

The Knot

In December of 2010, the city of Santiago de Cuba held its first Rene Valdes Cedeño Public Sculpture Symposium, an homage to an artist and teacher who authored works as important as the Cuba’s Abel Santamaria Monument. Sponsored by the Caguayo Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Development of Public Sculptures and Monuments, the […]

Art in Cuba

Clouds in the Mountains

In December of 2010, the city of Santiago de Cuba held its first Rene Valdes Cedeño Public Sculpture Symposium, an homage to an artist and teacher who authored works as important as the Cuba’s Abel Santamaria Monument. Sponsored by the Caguayo Foundation and the Advisory Council for the Development of Public Sculptures and Monuments, the […]