George H. Rothacker, 2010©
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Havana is one of the most beautiful and architecturally diverse cities in the world. Its architecture mirrors its rich social and political history from the graceful colonial and baroque period to modern brutal tower blocks.
The 1940s and '50s were the heyday of "modernism" in Havana. Edifices such as the Riviera Hotel, the Focsa Building and scores of apartment complexes represent the booming economy and foreign influences of the time.
In part, due to economic difficulties created during the Castro regime, a great many of buildings in the modern style remain untouched, ravaged by time, and accompanying in near ruin classic buildings of the 16th and 17th centuries.