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Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now

This is the second program in the Great Homes and Gardens Lecture Series.

Architect Hermes Mallea spent several years documenting Havana’s landmark historic homes and was stunned to discover that gracious family life had not disappeared with the Cuban Revolution. Beginning in 2011, he encountered stylish Havana houses brimming with personality, homes that had been created despite the island’s economic hardships and isolation. Immerse yourself in a world that has never been presented in this depth—celebrating the homeowners’ individual flair and presenting a vision of Havana that also offers fresh inspiration to design aficionados and homeowners in warm climes.

Event Timeline

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Mansion, Perfume & Seduction, and Greenhouse open for self-guided touring
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Lecture
7:30 p.m. Book Signing

About the Speaker

Architect Hermes Mallea is the author of Great Houses of Havana, A Century of Cuban Style (Monacelli Press 2011), ESCAPE, The Heyday of Caribbean Glamour (Rizzoli 2014), and  Havana Living Today/ Cuban Homestyle Now (Rizzoli 2018) celebrating homeowners’ individual flair and resourcefulness.

Mallea has spoken widely, including at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Americas Society, The New York Public Library, Evergreen Museum at Johns Hopkins University, The Preservation Society of Newport, Winterthur Museum, and the Musee des Beaux Arts in Montreal.

Mallea lectures annually to visitors traveling to Havana.  He has presented papers on historic Cuban family life at Havana’s annual Jornadas Tecnicas de Arquitectura Vernacula in 2009 and 2010, as well as at the 2013 International Art Deco Congress in Havana. In July 2018, Mallea installed Luz de Memoria,  an exhibition of a century of family photographs in one of his family’s former homes in Gibara, Cuba. 

Mallea received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami and attended the Master’s Program in Historic Preservation at Columbia University.   Mallea formed the award-winning interiors and architecture practice, M(Group), in 1983 with interior designer Carey Maloney.

About the Series

Escape Washington’s dreary winter weather by immersing yourself in the stories of luscious gardens and graceful estates.

Tuesday, February 12: Henri Samuel: Master of the French Interior with Emily Eeardmans

Thursday, February 28: Havana Living Today: Cuban Home Style Now with Hermes Mallea

Thursday, March 7: The Gardens of Bunny Mellon with Linda Jane Holden

Tuesday, March 12: The Photographer in the Garden with Sarah Anne McNear

  • garden estate in Havana
  • Cuban interior
  • Cuban interior with garden views