The Court of Jacmel, Restoring over 100 years of history
It took three years and much work by the Institute for the Protection of National Heritage (ISPAN) and their partner in the restoration, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to bring the old courthouse back to its former glory. The ISPAN provided the expertise and the UNDP the resources to rejuvenate the site which is listed as one of Haiti's Historical Heritage sites. The first stages of the rehabilitation included the restoration of the roof and masonry work. The building has also been reinforced to meet the current earthquake standards and the bricks restored by the firm ENAMEX, contracted by the UNDP to undertake the work directed by the architect Johel Alexandre.
With a new lease on life and an insurance plan valued at $350,000 USD, funded by the UNDP, the courthouse is set to serve Jacmel for many years to come and can do so better than ever with additions like their newly functioning archive, new furniture and office equipment.
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