Though, the City Council is cash-strapped, His Worship the Mayor of Georgetown, Hamilton Green, says he has no apologies for utilising part of Government’s $20M subvention in the much-needed restoration of City Hall.
“City Hall is vital to our cultural sustenance in Georgetown, and I have no apologies for using the money to restore the building. We are losing some of our treasures around Georgetown, and that is totally unacceptable.”
Mayor Green disclosed that the Council has received $5M thus far, and its engineer is currently preparing the programme for the execution of works. Although the entire building requires renovation, the windows and roof of the historic edifice are to be restored first.
The Mayor hopes that when the restoration project is completed, the building would be returned its original vintage quality.
City Hall has been described as one of the finest examples of Gothic Architecture in the Caribbean. It was built between 1887 and 1889 and is made of wood, cast iron columns, steep pitched roofing, pinnacles and ornamentals. The heritage building is 27.1 metres long, 17.4 metres wide and 29.3 metres high.
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