THE FOUNDING OF CUBAN CULTURAL HERITAGE
by Luis Mejer, Former President
In the early 1980s, the Cuban Revolution was observing over twenty years in power, and the cities and towns in Cuba were starting to show a great neglect in upkeep and abandonment. Specifically, in centenary cities like Havana, buildings were starting to crumble, the dirt was unimaginable, and the deterioration of the infrastructure was accelerating. This caused great alarm and worry among a group of architects and other concerned exiles, and they began meeting, to discuss this potential catastrophe.
On January 12, 1994, Dr. Alberto Sánchez de Bustamante together with a group of 20 Cuban exiled professionals, that included among others Nicolás Quintana, Guillermo de Zéndegui, Eugenio Albarrán, Luis Botifoll, Hilario Candela, Diego Suárez, and Fernando G. Chacón, founded the non-profit, cultural organization Cuban Cultural Heritage, in Miami. The purpose of this organization was to pursue the conservation of Cuban culture and history in exile, and to study methods for preservation and re-urbanization, to be implemented in a future free country, to recover the architectural treasures that were being destroyed.
CUBAN CULTURAL HERITAGE is now located at 3225 NW 8th Ave., Miami 33127, Telf. 305-4431522
In this Image: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE of CUBAN CULTURAL HERITAGE 2014
Sitting left to right – David Cabarrocas, Alberto Sánchez de Bustamante, José Hernández Ibánez (RIP), Marcos Antonio Ramos.
Standing left to right - Luis Mejer Sarrá, Livia García Tuñón Alonso (Director Herencia Kids), Enriqueta Larrea, Ana María Sastre, Julio Lago.
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