Embassy of the United States, Havana

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Embassy of the United States, Havana
Native name
Spanish: Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América La Habana
Seal of an Embassy of the United States of America.png
US Interests Section Havana Nov 2010.JPG
Chancery Building as seen from the northwest
Location Cuba Havana, Cuba
Coordinates 23°08′45″N 82°23′16″W / 23.14587°N 82.38765°W / 23.14587; -82.38765Coordinates: 23°08′45″N 82°23′16″W / 23.14587°N 82.38765°W / 23.14587; -82.38765
Opened 1953; 61 years ago (1953)
Closed January 3, 1961; 53 years ago (1961-01-03)
As embassy
Ambassador Willard L. Beaulac (first)
Philip Bonsal (last)
Embassy of the United States, Havana is located in Cuba
Embassy of the United States, Havana
Location of Embassy of the United States, Havana in Cuba

The Embassy of the United States of America in Havana was the United States of America's diplomatic mission in the Republic of Cuba. Direct bilateral diplomatic relations between the two governments were severed on January 3, 1961 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.[1] The building has housed the United States Interests Section in Havana since 1977, operating under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy.[2]

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Former U.S. Embassy seen in the background, ca. 1973.

The embassy was designed in the ModernistBrutalist style by the architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz. It is a long and six-story concrete and glass building, completed in 1953.[2] The garden]]s were designed by Californian landscape architect Thomas Dolliver Church. The embassy complex is located directly on the Bay of Havana and the Plaza de la Revolución, in proximity to the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The U.S. diplomatic mission has been defunct since 1961, and the building was not used by the American personnel between 1961 and 1977.[3][4] In 1963, Cuban President Fidel Castro ordered the confiscation of the complex. Action was never taken by the Cuban government, but it still claims right to the property.[5] The U.S. was represented by Switzerland during that time, and the Swiss maintained the embassy complex and its effects.

U.S. diplomats returned to Havana in 1977, and the building was transformed into the United States Interests Section in Havana.[2] Renovations were subsequently completed on the complex in 1997.

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