Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach
Lecture/Book Signing: Great Houses of Havana by Hermes Mallea
Jan 17, 20132:00 PM

Free to members – $20 non-members.

In Great Houses of Havana architect and author Hermes Mallea gives the first-ever insider’s tour of Havana’s architectural gems. Great Houses of Havana presents the fascinating personal histories of homes alongside Havana’s architectural patrimony. One is invited to experience the privileged life within the gated mansions of the city’s grandest neighborhoods. The book is unique in incorporating the reminiscences of eye witnesses – architects, historians, present and former homeowners whose memories of mid-century Havana were on the verge of being lost. These anecdotes bring alive the larger-than-life personalities including sugar barons, a rags-to-riches newspaper magnate, a lady anthropologist, an influential arts patroness and the hostess to the early Jet Set.

A Cuban-American expert in residential design, Hermes Mallea presents portraits of important homes built in the city between 1860 and 1960, beginning with the extraordinary images taken by American photographer George Barnard, who was permitted to bring his camera into the intimacy of the Palace of the Counts of Santovenia.

Hermes Mallea received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami and attended the Master’s Program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University. In 1983 he formed the interiors and architecture practice, M(Group) with interior designer Carey Maloney. He has presented research on historic views of Cuban domestic interiors at The Cooper Hewitt Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Miami’s School of Architecture and the Bildner Center’s Cuba Conference at the City University of New York – and published on the subject in the Financial Times and Modern Magazine.


Event Location
Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach
311 Peruvian Avenue
Palm Beach, Florida, 33480