It has been 54 years since the U.S. Embassy in Havana closed its doors. Upon ending diplomatic relations with our neighboring island nation, President Eisenhower announced, “It is my hope and my conviction that it is in the not too distant future that it will be possible for the historic friendship between us once again to find its reflection in normal relations of every sort.” Although it has taken more than half a century, President Obama recently announced that the United States would re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Coincidentally, the National Archives Still Photos Division recently acquired a large collection of photos from the State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Building Operations. The collection includes photos of embassies, consulates, and diplomatic residencies from all over the world. Included in this collection are a number of photos from the original U.S. embassy in Cuba. These photos were processed earlier this month and can be viewed below:
Photos from the Overseas Building Operations are currently being processed and will be made available to researchers in the near future.
Update: This series is now processed and available for viewing in the National Archives Catalog.