Thursday, June 2, 2005

IT WAS AN OLD HOUSE THAT STOOD ALONE IN A YARD IN HAVANA AND IT HAD GONE 8,400 DAYS NOW WITHOUT TAKING A PAINT OF COAT: The house in Cuba where Ernest Hemingway penned The Old Man and the Sea and several of his other classics heads this year's list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which begs the obvious question: How can a Cuban home be on the list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places? Explains Richard Moe, president of the National Trust: “Even though it stands on foreign soil, this house is part of the shared cultural heritage that defines us as Americans. Yet its very survival is threatened with critical infrastructure problems, which can not be fully addressed unless significant restoration funds can be raised – and allowed to be used – to preserve this remarkable property.”

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