Antonio Hoces Carrillo House, Havana . Cuba
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- Address: Obispo 117-119 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes, Old Havana.
Description Architecture: Antonio Hoces Carrillo House, Havana . Cuba
This primitive two-story house corresponds to all the characteristics of a stately house of the 17th Century, although some elements have been added in past times. A small courtyard is the centre of the space organization and ventilates and lights the different premises of the building. Also, through this courtyard there is access to the downstairs and upstairs rooms.
The main rows of rooms are in L-shaped and they communicate with the courtyard through corridors located in both stories. In the upper floor, the access is complemented with two flat roofs arranged parallel to those corridors. The premises roofed with independent battens are spacious in spite of the predominant low prop; especially the room located upstairs facing the street. Annexed to this room, the highest premise is located and it is an evocation of the watchtower of Moorish constructions.
The façade with marked proportions distinguishes its front without adorn, the balconies closed with shapely wooden rails and the touch of the tiled roof. A singular detail of this building is the arc of two volutes that dominates the access door which is a clear antecedent of the arcs of straight and curved lines used in our architecture of the 18th Century.
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Antonio Hoces Carrillo House is located in Havana
Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.
The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.
Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.