Sunday, January 29, 2012
Hotel Nacional de Cuba Souvenir Building
This replica building depicts the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the historic luxury hotel located in Havana Its illustrious guests included artists, actors, athletes, writers and politicians. After 14 bids, one of these sold on eBay for $316. The souvenir measures 2” H x 4” W x 2.5” D and was made by Microcosms. The real structure was designed by the New York firm McKim, Mead and White and features an eclectic mix of architectural styles. It opened in 1930, when Cuba was a prime travel destination for Americans, long before the embargo. The hotel was closed by Fidel Castro in 1960 then reopened after restoration during the 1990s. Its architecture shows a mixture of the Art-Deco features, the Arab influences, the Spanish-Moorish architecture, as well as neoclassical and neo-up environment are details from the California of centuries ago.