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Posted June 23, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Vacation

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Interesting old photos of Casino de la Playa and upscale Marianao in Havana Cuba.

Marianao is home to a sprawling former military base, the Columbia Fortress, built by the U.S. after the defeat of Spain in 1898. When Cuba’s Revolutionary Army liberated Havana in January 1959, this was dictator Fulgencio Batista’s last stronghold.

It is now called Ciudad Libertad (Liberty City).

Wifredo Lam also lived in that neighborhood.

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Thanks to Manuel for the photo.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on October 30, 2007 by SPANDAUER

    VERY NICE PHOTO. I KNOW THAT THE CASINO NACIONAL OF MARIANAO BEACH WAS DEMOLISHED AROUND 1956, BUT ¿WHERE EXACTLY LOCATED THE CASINO NACIONAL BUILDING?
    EVERYBODY SAID THAT WAS LOCATED AT MARIANAO BEACH. OK
    BUT I WANT TO KNOW THE EXACTLY LOCATION OF THE BUILDING. eg. TEN METERS FROM THE SEA, OR, BESIDES THE X,Y,Z, CAMP, OR BETWEEN THIS AND THAT FACILITIES, ETC…


  2. Follow up post #2 added on March 21, 2009 by Manuel F Quevedo

    Hi there:

    I have few photos, including interiors; but I need real location. I see up above the same question.


  3. Follow up post #3 added on March 23, 2009 by SPANDAUER

    FINALLY I KNOW MORE ABOUT THE NAT CASINO.

    THE NAT CASINO WAS LOCATED AT THE END OF CALLE 120 ENTRE CALLE 11 Y CALLE 11-A IN A YARD THAT WAS PART OF THE HAVANA COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE. TODAY NO CONSTRUCTION IS THERE. IS AN EMPTY YARD BESIDES THE “ESCUELA NACIONAL DE ARTES PLÁSTICAS” IN FRONT OF THE FORMER “CASA CLUB” OF THE HAVANA COUNTRY CLUB.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 01, 2009 by Manuel F Quevedo

    How to upload a picture on it?


  5. Follow up post #5 added on April 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Send it to the email address in the footer of this page and we will format it for this article.



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  6. Follow up post #6 added on April 01, 2009 by mfquevedok with 6 total posts

    When (year)  the fountain (women sculpture) was moved out?  I know actually you can find it at Tropicana Night Club.  The demolition was because the building was in bad shape, or because this gambler activity switched toward the new hotels and better areas?


  7. Follow up post #7 added on April 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Sorry, don’t know when the sculpture was moved but I would imagine shortly after 1959.

    Thanks Manuel for the photo. See above.



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  8. Follow up post #8 added on April 01, 2009 by SPANDAUER

    THE FOUNTAIN WAS MOVED TO TROPICANA´S YARD IN 1956, WHEN THE NATIONAL CASINO WAS DEMOLISHED. THE DEMOLITION WAS IN ORDER TO GIVE A BETTER LANDSCAPING FOR THE HAVANA COUNTRY CLUB GOLF COURSE , AND BECAUSE THE “CASA CLUB” OF THE SAME, OPERATES IN THOSE YEARS AS A CASINO.


  9. Follow up post #9 added on April 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Interesting. Thanks.

    I thought it was moved because the casino was closed.



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  10. Follow up post #10 added on April 01, 2009 by SPANDAUER

    FEW MINUTWS AGO I SENT AN IMAGE TO .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) IN ORDER TO BE POSTED IN THIS ARTICLE. PLEASE CHECK THE INBOX


  11. Follow up post #11 added on April 01, 2009 by SPANDAUER

    THE IMAGE SENT SHOWS A SATELLITE PHOTO OF THE ACTUAL ZONE DESCRIBED ABOVE. IN THE PHOTO I PUT MARKS OF THE ACTUAL BUILDINGS AND THE OLD NAT CASINO LOCATION.


  12. Follow up post #12 added on April 01, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Okay, let’s try it this way.

    Map of Havana showing the Casino Nacional

    Thanks SPANDAUER



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  13. Follow up post #13 added on December 30, 2009 by Marilyn Kay Dorn

    I lived in Cuba in December 1958 into January (as a young American girl) with the late screen actor Raymond Burr.  The villas he rented was a white adobe on a hillside.  I remember seeing it allot in my youth in press photos, but I cannot find that picture anymore.  I only see photos of the flat area downtown with old homes.  Last time I saw a picture of the villa where Raymond lived it was in need of great repairs.  My last pair of shoes came from a large shoe store in downtown Havana, and I remember the owner looking scared and unsure about the changes happening to his country.


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