Art Deco is synonym of modernity and development of design. The new ideologies and the progress of the world society during the 1920’s and the 1940’s of the last century conditioned the art that revolutionized everything that was created until that date.
In Cuba, Art Deco had its first steps in graphs and fashion, but very soon it was used in architecture, a few years after the International Exhibition of Paris, 1925.
The development of this style motivated the creation of a group called HABANA DECO, integrated by architects, historians, artists and people who simply loved Art Deco. This group was dedicated to the study and promotion of Art Deco’s values in Cuba, as well as preserving the legacy of the Cuban patrimony.
Art Deco in the provinces of Cuba, outside of the capital, had diverse interpretations and, of course, followed the example of the works made in Havana, as a reference point.
There are several and important examples of Art Deco architecture throughout the island: schools, convents, small businesses and other buildings of social significance, as well as housings.
But what identifies the Art Deco architecture in the provinces more accurately are the facades, with great creativity while still following the style almost perfectly, characterized by showing long ribbons at both sides of the streets, with decorations based fundamentally in friezes and pilasters, grills and doors with ornaments of geometric type.