"Its glossy pages pay tribute to the island nation’s glamorous mansions and elaborate interiors . . . The result of two years of research and multiple on-site explorations, Mallea’s work brings to light exquisite Beaux Arts palaces, modernist mansions, and even a spectacular beach house (now used as a restaurant)." —Architectural Digest
"Hermes Mallea’s Great Houses of Havana is one of several books on that city to appear this season, but it may be the most personal. . . . For Mallea, a Cuban-American architect who is based in New York, the book grew out of a longstanding fascination with his family’s history.What you will see is a selective survey of elegant Havana houses, from the traditional Spanish Colonial courtyard house of the 19th century to the Modernist-influenced houses of the 1950s." —The New York Times Style Magazine
"With photographs archival and new, the book documents the astonishing ways in which the prevailing styles of the day were adapted to the island's distintive climate and culture. Here, originality ruled." —Veranda
"Documents the evolution of Cuban design through a fantastic mix of contemporary and historical images." —New York Magazine
Hermes Mallea is an architect and a partner in M(Group), a design firm based in New York. A longtime collector of vintage Cuban photographs and a member of a Cuban-American family, Mr. Mallea has traveled to Cuba frequently to do research and to lecture on historic preservation.
We love this book, it has beautiful pictures of the grandeur that was old Havana. Most of the houses have been restored to their grandeur thanks to the diligence of some dedicated... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Hilda from Florida
Living in Miami and having many friends from Cuban decent, I really enjoyed learning more about Cuba and its beautiful city, Havana!Published 14 months ago by Courtney Parmenter
This is a beautiful book. I bought it to prepare for my trip to Cuba next year. This makes me excited to see all that is Cuba.Published 15 months ago by John B. Nicholson, III
A beautiful book, full of mansions that we had, and history of the people who lived in those houses, including lots of Americans and foreigners.Published on May 30, 2013 by Gloria
An absolutely beautiful book with special resonance for Cubans in exile, this is quite different from most contemporary books about Havana.Published on May 25, 2013 by jane sughrue giberga
Simply amazing photography and very good text. Cuba's incredible architectural past is brought to life. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by olga karman
This book was a gift to a friend of mine that lived in Cuba in the 50's and 60's.
Her mother-in-law's house was featured in one of the chapters SO this book
had fond... Read more
A beautiful and very well composed book- affording a great social and visual history of a fascinating period in Cuba's history,
Photography is superb .