Eugenio Rayneri Piedra

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Eugenio Rayneri Piedra
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame

Eugenio Rayneri Piedra is the architect of numerous buildings in Havana, including the entrance to the Colón Cemetery; and, noteworthy as the architect of the Cuban National Capitol Building, El Capitolio, completed in 1929 during the administration of President Gerardo Machado. The first graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture (Indiana, USA) in 1904, he returned to Havana to enter into private practice with his father.[1] He won an international competition for Cuba’s Presidential Palace, and was founder and first president of the Cuban Society of Architects.[2] He was also professor at the University of Havana, father of pianist Laura Rayneri Piedra, and grandfather of ballet master Fernando Alonso (dancer).[3]


  1. ^ Pérez, Julio César. "On Tradition and Timeless Architecture, Part 1", Cuban Art News, The Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation, Los Angeles, 21 February 2013. Retrieved on 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ Nagy, John. "Havana notebook", Notre Dame Magazine, Notre Dame, Winter 2011-2012. Retrieved on 31 January 2015.
  3. ^ Singer, Toba (2013). Fernando Alonso: The Father of Cuban Ballet. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. ISBN 0813044022.