Cuba en Canada

Behind the foreboding Cuban Embassy walls, the vibrant people and culture radiate warmth

JOHN DANCE PHOTO The concrete block architectural style of the Cuban Embassy, known as “Brutalism”, gives the building a fortress-like appearance that sharply contrasts with the warmth of the staffers who live and work inside.

Mammoth dark grey concrete blocks and foreboding secured metal fencing – not exactly the mental images conjured up when one thinks of Cuba. For the many Canadians who frequent this Caribbean island, Cuba is instead a destination noted for aquamarine beaches, historical Latin architecture and brightly painted retro cars.

Indeed, the warmth of the Cuban people and their vibrant culture seem to stand in stark contrast to the austere architecture of the concrete block building at 388 Main Street which houses the Cuban Embassy.