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A Look Back at Havana in All Its Glory

From Karl Lagerfeld to President Obama, Cuba has made its way onto seemingly everyone’s itineraries lately. In case a jaunt there for Chanel‘s cruise show there in May isn’t in the cards, here’s a look back at Havana’s best architecture and interiors over the years.

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Inside Teatro América, the Caribbean’s best preserved art deco movie theatre. Photo from “Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors” by Michael Connors, Rizzoli New York, 2014.

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A building on the art nouveau-filled Cárdenas Street. Photo by Michael Connors.

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The indoor pool at the Casa de Pablo Gonzalez de Mendoza, built in 1916 and now the home of the British Ambassador. Photo by Brent Winebrenner, “The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors,” Rizzoli New York, 2011.

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The Salomon Kalmanowitz residence, built in 1936, in the Marianao district. Photo by Michael Connors.

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A classic art deco gas station and 1950s Chevy in Havana. Photo by Michael Connors.

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The Palacio del Centro Asturiano, which now houses Cuba’s European art collection in the Museo de Bellas Artes. Photo by Michael Connors.

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The Hall of Mirrors in the Presidential Palace, with ceiling frescoes by Cuban artists Armando Menocal and Antonio Rodriguez Morey. Photo from “The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors,” Rizzoli New York, 2011.

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Built in the early 18th century, the Casa del Conde de Casa Bayona now houses a collection of 18th- and 19th-century Cuban furniture and decorative arts. Photo by Brent Winebrenner.

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Inside the Hotel Riviera. Photo by Michael Connors.

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The Palacio de las Ursulinas in Havana Vieja’s decorative façade showcases the centuries-long Spanish Arab influence on Cuban architecture. Photo from “The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors,” Rizzoli New York, 2011.

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A 20th-century building on the Malecón Drive overlooking the Caribbean. Photo by Brent Winebrenner.

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A home overlooking the Viñales valley. Photo by Brent Winebrenner.

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“The Splendor of Cuba: 450 Years of Architecture and Interiors,” Rizzoli New York, 2011.

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“Havana Modern: 20th-Century Architecture and Interiors” by Michael Connors, Rizzoli New York, 2014.