Defender of the Faith

Vittorio Garatti in his Milan flat. Designers and artists around the world have rallied to his side since the dancer Carlos Acosta enlisted Norman Foster to finish the Ballet School, which Garatti designed in the early 1960s. How much influence Garatti will have on the project remains uncertain.

John Loomis, an American architect, published these photos of the school in his book, "Revolution of Forms, Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools" (Princeton Architectural Press, 1999).

A detail of the layered vaults of the ballet school.

The main performance space of the ballet school.

The School of Modern Dance, designed by Ricardo Porro, was one of the two schools that was finished before the project was abandoned. Porro later went into exile.

The School of Plastic Arts, designed by Ricardo Porro, was also completed before Porro went into exile. The building was used but suffered from a lack of maintenance.

Production photo of the ballet school from a 2011 documentary about the Art Schools in Cuba, "Unfinished Spaces," by Alysa Nahmias and Benjamin Murray.

Garatti in the main performance space of his ballet school. This production still was taken during the filming of "Unfinished Spaces."

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