Havana '59 Exhibition and Sale at Eastern University - Opening - November 11, 2011

Presented by Eastern University, Friends of the Library, and Pennsylvania Trust to benefit the David R. Black Academic Enrichment Fund. Click here to for tickets to the November 11,2011 Grand Opening at the Bolingbroke Mansion in Radnor

Sponsers (to date)
: (click on link to view sponsors websites) Pennsylvania Trust, Corporate Dimensions, LTD., Handelok Bag Company, Edmar Abrasive Company, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Newman & Saunders Galleries

Shoring it Up

24" x 34" Acrylic on Canvas
George H. Rothacker, 2010©

Price: $3400 (plus shipping and handling)
Prints are also available.

Please contact george@rothackeradv.com

Havana was founded in 1519 by the Spanish and by the 17th century, it had become one of the Caribbean's main centers for ship-building. 

Although it is today a sprawling metropolis of 2 million inhabitants, its old center retains an interesting mix of Baroque and neoclassical monuments, and a homogeneous ensemble of private houses with arcades, balconies, wrought-iron gates and internal courtyards.

Cuba, today, has virtually no free enterprise other than foreign investments in tourism and limited elements of a population that lives in abject poverty. This economic chasm in the development of Cuba actually spared the old historic buildings from the redevelopment wrecking ball. 

The use and reuse of grand private residences, with interior court yards, fountains, stained glass windows, marble floors and staircases fell to the occupation of multi-family tenements. The once grand open court yards are now strung with clothes lines and have a dozen electric meters distributing power to each resident family. Some of the most outstanding examples of early Spanish colonial architecture, and the vernacular elements particular to Cuba are still in daily use after 300 years.

As demonstrated in the painting, "Shoring it Up," temporary solutions patch together the buildings and keep some standing while many collapse at an alarming rate. In 1962 UNESCO designated 444 buildings in Havana as World Heritage sites.