El Círculo Cubano de Tampa

"Salón de Damas

Mirror Restoration Project"

La Diosa on the Ceiling of the Ballroom

The mirror in the Salòn de Damas was an original piece of furniture when the building first opened. The Cuban members were the ones who purchased and placed the mirror with matching base and furniture in the Salón de Damas. (shared by Raul Lavin)

Through the years the mirror has been painted and repainted until it met its’ demise and fell to the floor cracking the mirror and frame into pieces. Unfortunately there were several pieces of the frame that were lost.

The frame had to be disassembled into separate pieces and a century of repainting had to be removed with paint remover, scraping, brushing and a lot of elbow grease. 

One of the pieces on top of the mirror was broken off and lost. The craftsman had to recreate the top piece keeping it true to its’ original design.

The mirror restoration project is almost complete. Once painted, it will be taken to a mirror manufacturing company to be fitted and installed.

“My deepest gratitude goes to Los Mambis, Doc Evors, fellow Mambi member and to master carpenter, Joe Blanco (doc’s brother in law).  Both fathers grew up actively involved in the Cuban Club. Doc and Joe remember the mirror in their childhood memories.”

Lloyd Carrera Santos

I am pleased and honor to announce that the “Salón de Damas; Mirror Restoration Project” has been completed as of April 2017. Please view the before , during and after restoration pictures below.

 

The Mambis suggested that the project be dedicated to Raul Lavin and will be presented to him at his 100th Centennial Birthday Dinner, June 24, 2017. The mirror is estimated to be 100 years old and Raul will turn 100, April 18 of this year, 2017. I know he will be honored.

Dr. Ida (Aida) Santos Stewart
Dr. Ida (Aida) Santos Stewart

Dr. Ida (Aida) Santos Stewart, Grand daughter of Eladio Paula

Restored bench/table (1917-2017)
Restored bench/table (1917-2017)

Restored bench/table (1917-2017)

Restored mirror (1917-2017)
Restored mirror (1917-2017)

Restored mirror (1917-2017)

1917 Salón de Baile, 3rd floor
1917 Salón de Baile, 3rd floor

1917 Salón de Baile, 3rd floor Note the mirror in the back. Restoration project

Pieces of mirror from Salón de Baile
Pieces of mirror from Salón de Baile

Pieces of mirror from Salón de Baile in 2016. Had fallen many years ago and broke, mirror shattered.

Base of mirror
Base of mirror

Base of mirror. Still in good condition.

Stand of mirror in restoration stage
Stand of mirror in restoration stage

Stand of mirror in restoration stage. Years of paint being removed.

Mirror frame in restoration stage
Mirror frame in restoration stage

Mirror frame in restoration stage

Crown on top of frame in restoration
Crown on top of frame in restoration

Crown on top of frame in restoration stage. Notice tip is broken off and lost. Carpenter Joe Blanco has rebuilt and designed a new tip. See other pictures.

New leaf tip created by carpenter
New leaf tip created by carpenter

New leaf tip created by carpenter Joe Blanco.

missing top leaf tip
missing top leaf tip

missing top leaf tip

Broken tip restored
Broken tip restored

Broken tip restored to crown of mirror frame.

Work table with mirror frame
Work table with mirror frame

Work table with mirror frame on work table.

Mirror frame close to being finished
Mirror frame close to being finished

Mirror frame close to being finished.