Embassy of the United States, Havana
|Embassy of the United States, Havana|
Spanish: Embajada de los Estados Unidos de América La Habana
Chancery Building as seen from the northwest
|Closed||January 3, 1961
|Ambassador||Willard L. Beaulac (first)
Philip Bonsal (last)
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. The building has housed the United States Interests Section in Havana since 1977, operating under the auspices of the Swiss Embassy.
The embassy was designed in the Modernist—Brutalist style by the architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz. It is a long and six-story concrete and glass building, completed in 1953. 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. 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. The U.S. was represented by Switzerland during that time, and the Swiss maintained the embassy complex and its effects.
- Cuba–United States relations
- Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C.
- United States Ambassador to Cuba
- José Martí Anti-Imperialist Plaza
- United States severs diplomatic relations with Cuba History.
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- United States Department of State: Cuba
- United States Interest Section in Havana
- Media related to Embassy of the United States in Havana at Wikimedia Commons