Director of UNESCO Havana visits ongoing restoration works at the Segundo Cabo Palace
On the morning of October 3rd, Herman van Hooff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean in Havana, visited the restoration site at the Segundo Cabo Palace, accompanied by some of his staff members.
Within the framework of the Project: "Heritage Recovery and Cultural Development in Havana: Segundo Cabo Palace", the building placed in Old Havana is currently being restored for its future use as a Cuba-Europe cultural exchange centre, thanks to the cooperation of the European Union, UNESCO and the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana (OHCH).
The visit, coordinated with a representation of the OHCH, made it possible to learn, on site, the progress of the ongoing works, assess the procurement processes and estimate the implementation timetable. During their tour, the visitors were also able to note that work still continues on the roof, in the main hall crowned by a dome, whose paintings are still being restored, and that the roof tiles on the southeast wing of the building are being replaced.
The Director the UNESCO Office in Havana discussed with the experts the current situation of the building structure, which must be reinforced with micropiles, the technical solution agreed upon after numerous diagnoses. This procedure, although it requires considerable resources and time, is considered essential for the future use of the building, thus ensuring safe and optimal conditions once the new cultural centre opens its doors in 2014.