In Havana, three buildings collapse every single day. A tropical climate and salty ocean air wreak perennial havoc on this living museum of building design. Home to a priceless legacy of five centuries of architecture, the city of Havana and its people lack the materials and funds to preserve that heritage.
Now, with commercial developers poised to swoop in once the last barrier to U.S. reinvestment is removed, Havana faces a risk of uncontrolled development.
Enter the Havana Heritage Foundation. Our mission: To promote, preserve, protect, and restore the rich architectural and cultural heritage of Havana.
Havana Heritage Foundation has embarked on several priority projects that will have an immediate impact in Havana.
Create a series of Tool Lending Libraries. Preserving old buildings and homes can be a costly process, and requires access to tools and equipment—hammers, saws, drills, and the like—that are typically needed only for a short time. Working with a local nongovernmental organization, Havana Heritage Foundation is creating a series of Tool Lending Libraries that will provide Havana residents with free, short-term access to tools and equipment that will enable them to undertake critical repairs and restoration projects in historically significant areas of the city.
Complete the rehabilitation of El Capitolio, the National Capitol Building of Havana. This resplendent Neoclassical structure, for decades the tallest building in the city, has been undergoing extensive restoration since 2010. Built in 1929 by the U.S. firm of Purdy and Henderson, the Capitolio was originally modeled after the U.S. Capitol. Completing its restoration will be a powerful symbol not only of the Havana Heritage Foundation’s dedication to its mission, but of the historic ties of friendship between the two countries.
Organize international conferences and workshops on historic preservation. These will bring international experts in the field to Cuba and also take Cuban practitioners abroad, to facilitate peer learning and educational exchange.
There's no better way to support preservation in Havana than to make a contribution in support of our work.
In addition to donating by PayPal, you can also send a check to Havana Heritage Foundation at 260 West 39th Street, 17th Floor, New York, NY. 10018-4424.
The Havana Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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