CHC celebrates 10 years in the Goizueta Pavilion

By Maria Estorino Dooling, Deputy Chair & Chief Operations Manager

Lesbia Orta Varona, Maria Estorino Dooling and Esperanza B. de Varona.

Lesbia Orta Varona, Maria Estorino Dooling and Esperanza B. de Varona.

On Monday, January 28, 2013, we commemorated the 160th anniversary of the birth of José Martí and also celebrated 10 years in the Cuban Heritage Collection’s Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion.  Since its dedication on January 28, 2003, the Goizueta Pavilion has become a necessary stop for countless researchers furthering their research on Cuba and the Cuban diaspora.

The Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion is named in honor of the late Cuban-born CEO of the Coca-Cola Company.  In 1999, The Goizueta Foundation, led by Olga C. de Goizueta, made a challenge grant of $2.5 million to the University of Miami toward the building of a new home for the Cuban Heritage Collection. With additional support from the late Elena Díaz-Versón Amos and the Fanjul family, the Goizueta Pavilion was completed in the fall of 2002.  Located on the second floor of the Otto G.Richter Library on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, the Goizueta Pavilion is a 10,000-square-foot addition to the Library designed by Mateu, Carreño, Rizo & Partners and built by Arellano Construction.  It includes an exhibition gallery, a spacious reading room, the Elena Díaz-Versón Amos Conference Room, and an environmentally-controlled collections storage facility.

Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion under construction in 2002.

The Goizueta Pavilion under construction in 2002.

The Goizueta Pavilion has given us a platform from which to grow our holdings, improve access to our rich resources, expand our reach through the use of digital technology, and connect with the University academic community and the scholarly community beyond.

Over the past decade, the Roberto C. Goizueta Pavilion has been the site for over 50 lectures and presentations focused on Cuba and its diaspora and topics related to other Richter Library collections and programs.  Its Reading Room has hosted two meetings of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees and a private luncheon for university presidents with President Bill Clinton as part of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative University.

Olga C. de Goizueta and President Donna E. Shalala during the dedication of the Pavilion.

Olga C. de Goizueta and President Donna E. Shalala during the dedication of the Pavilion on January 28, 2003.

In 2009, The Goizueta Foundation once again lent us its support with a five-year grant of $2.4 million to the University to support a comprehensive plan to enhance and expand the reach of the Cuban Heritage Collection.

To the administration of the University of Miami and its Libraries, The Goizueta Foundation, the Amigos of the Cuban Heritage Collection, the invaluable donors to our programs and projects, and to our faculty, students, and researchers, we say a heartfelt thank you for your support during the past 10 years. We look forward to working with you for 10 more and beyond!

 

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