Friday, March 18, 2016

Mansion where Obama to stay in Havana 'built to impress'
By Daniel Trotta
March 18, 2016

HAVANA (Reuters) - The mansion in Havana where U.S. President Barack Obama and his family will spend two nights has survived war, revolution and an Albanian occupation.
Now, with U.S.-Cuban diplomatic ties restored and overall relations warming, the U.S. ambassadorial residence is re-emerging as a center of influence on the Communist-ruled island.
Built from 1939 to 1942, the two-story building is more than half the size of the White House, according to U.S. State Department data, and was constructed with the finest materials and craftsmanship of the time.
 Obama, Michelle Obama, their two daughters and the first lady's mother will stay there Sunday and Monday nights during the first visit by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years.

President Obama’s Trip to Cuba: What You Need to Know 
  ABC News

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