The 1907 Banco Nacional, or National Bank, was one of the first buildings constructed after the Republic was born in 1902. The American company Purdy and Henderson, established in New York since 1888 and incorporated in Cuba in 1889, was commissioned to construct the original building–a steel structure with foundations, roof and floors made of concrete, brick walls and cut stone and marble for the façade, which boasts a portico formed by a row of Corinthian columns supporting a grand pediment.
The rooms are arranged around a central courtyard, which is roofless beginning on the second floor. The interiors feature abundant marble, bronze and hardwoods. A new wing was built in 1918 and integrated into the original building with a single façade, and therefore, the entrance is not in the middle but to one side. Check out the magnificent old round vault door. The building today houses the Ministry of Finances and Prices, and includes the Museo de las Finanzas, which features a coin collection and a numismatic display that recount the history of Cuba’s finances.
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