Books & Books, Coral Gables. Oct 29, 2011. 8:00 p.m.
Join Michael Connors at Books & Books for an unprecedented tour of stunning and architecturally significant Cuban palacios, mansions, and private homes that have been meticulously preserved, previously un-photographed, and inaccessible to visitors.
Michael Connors, an expert in Caribbean antiques, gives us a lavishly illustrated volume that traces the opulent world of the Spanish Creole aristocracy of the colonial period, with its Mudejar craftsmanship and baroque palacios, the sugarcane plantations (ingenios) and coffee plantations (cafetales), and classically inspired grand mansions. Preservation work has kept these villas in the state in which they were first envisioned.
The photographs, shot exclusively for this book, show examples in each area of the island from the interiors and exteriors in Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, and Pinar del Rio, to close-up details of courtyards, balconies, galleries, balustrades, grilles, and louvered doors in Trinidad, Matanzas, and Holguin. One featured home is Finca Vigia (“lookout house”), the former residence of Ernest Hemingway.
Michael Connors, an expert in Caribbean antiques, is a contributor to numerous publications, including Art & Antiques, Antiques and Fine Art, and The Magazine Antiques. He has written many books, including British West Indies Style and Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture.
Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134