Cubans and Americans join effort to save Hemingway home

Cuba is slowly opening it's doors to American travellers.

Hemingway's Cuban mansion now open to the public. Image by Stuart Burns / CC BY 2.0

The palatial Cuban mansion once owned by Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway should, by all accounts, no longer exist. The building has witnessed one revolution, an onslaught of Caribbean summers and the occasional hurricane. But a joint US-Cuba effort has maintained the ageing estate, named La Finca Vigia, since Hemingway’s departure in 1960. After Hemingway’s death the home was converted into a museum and operated by the Cuban government. In 2004 the dilapidated structure was in danger of being lost, so a team of Americans and Cubans set about repairing the estate. For ten years they rebuilt failing roofs and repaired crumbling stucco using sand sourced from the original quarry. Now the home is open to the public. Read more:

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