Capitol, Havana / Cuba

Capitol, Havana / Cuba

Havanna/La Habana Cuba Facade renovation Arte Mundit Facade Cream Historic Slurry Color LA Fill Historic

The Capitol of Havana was built in 1929 and inaugurated on 20 May that year. Until 1959 it served as the seat of the legislature. The area where the Capitol is located was originally a swamp area and was used during the Spanish colonial period, first to house scalves and then as a botanical garden. The Capitol was built between 1926 and 1929.

In 2010 the extensive, complex renovation of the building began. Since March 2018, visitors have again been granted access to the building. The last renovation work is expected to be completed by the time of the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city in November 2019. The Cuban parliament will soon move back into the building.

Reference identification data
Construction project:
Facade restoration / render Facade restoration / natural stone
Building type:
Historically protected / historically valuable buildings
Office and administration buildings
City halls
Short description
The façade has been heavily soiled over the last 90 years. The sun of the island state in the Caribbean also severely affected the façade. The aim of the restoration was to preserve the original structure and colour scheme. The renewed absorption of water and pollutants should be prevented.
Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler
Hendrik Romstedt
Michael Diegmann
Site address:
Havanna/La Habana
Data sheet:
Kapitol Havanna Kuba report 32_51766.pdf
Date / completion:
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The structure showed cracks in some places, for which there were different causes. Improved statics and higher load capacity were achieved by stiffening the structures, frictional connection of the disturbed foundation and decoupling the components gate, passage hall and gate houses components. Particularly on the western side, intense blackening of the rock surface had built up, which was strongly interlocked with the ground. The deposits were composed of a mixture of soot and plaster. The cleaning process carried out in 1990 with the help of water could only result in a superficial cleaning. In 2002, the newly developed method of particle beam cleaning and cleaning by laser made it possible to remove soot and plaster without destroying the original surface.
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On the façade surfaces of Kaispeicher A, there was a lot of efflorescence and lime aging, both signs of penetrating moisture. The damage patterns indicated a lack of frost resistance as well as no protection against driving rain. The listed façade required extensive frost and moisture protection, but was not allowed to undergo any visual changes.
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