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  • Print publication year: 1995
  • Online publication date: March 2008

7 - Latin American architecture, c. 1920–c. 1980

Relative economic prosperity resulting from Latin America's accelerated integration into world economy and the arrival of thousands of immigrants from all over the world, but above all from Europe, had at least two important consequences for Latin American architecture. Architecture at the end of nineteenth century met a common fate in nearly all the Latin American republics: there was a reaction against everything Spanish or Portuguese that might even remotely conjure up memories of colonial dependence. Several buildings were erected in Mexico City in the neo-colonial style during the early years of the twentieth-century. At the end of the nineteenth century there were few notable buildings in Guatemala, whose capital was built and rebuilt after the various earthquakes that dot its troubled history. In Cuba and Puerto Rico until the end of the nineteenth century the architectural models still came from Spain, but after the Spanish-American War the influence of North American architecture was dominant.
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The Cambridge History of Latin America
  • Volume 10: Latin America since 1930: Ideas, Culture, and Society
  • Edited by Leslie Bethell
  • Online ISBN: 9781139055253
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