Inside Hemingway's Havana House





This Havana house is more than a home, it's a time capsule. The clock stopped in the summer of 1960, when Ernest Hemingway walked out for the last time.

It's amazing to look inside these rooms and imagine him here, reports CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella. That's what it's all about - getting inside here and looking through the open door - his collection of books, his objects.

For 20 years Hemingway lounged in these seats, drank from these bottles, wrote one of his greatest works, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," and dreamed up his last great classic on this typewriter, "The Old Man and the Sea," inspired by fishing trips on a boat that sits right outside the door.

William DuPont is an American leading a team of experts in a rare collaboration with the Cuban government to preserve the home, right down to the wall where Hemingway obsessively recorded his weight.

"I think we might be the only architects, engineers, professionals license to do our job in Cuba since the revolution," DuPoint said.

They were able to help the Cubans take the house from this four years ago…to this today.

"It's an exchange because they know special things about preservation but we know how to preserve in a tropical climate," said Gladys Rodriguez Ferrero, the first curator of Hemingway's house in Havana.

Hemingway spent 30 years in and out of Cuba. He met Fidel Castro only once. Today it's hard not to walk in his Havana footsteps. Hemingway is a major tourist attraction - his favorite hotel room is a mini-museum. ...



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