CARNEGIE LIBRARY RESTORATION WITH FUND-RAISING RAFFLE & CALENDAR LAUNCHED
A fundraising project to finance a $4 million restoration of the historic Carnegie Building on Coleridge Street, Bridgetown, was launched yesterday by the Task Force established to oversee the restoration.
The Carnegie Building served as the headquarters of the National Library Service up to eight years ago when it was vacated due to its deteriorated condition – an indirect lash at ex-Prime Minister Owen Arthur’s so called legacy, when one recalls the millions he spent in Cricket World Cup and the defunct Greenland landfill.
Other buildings on the priority list are the Empire Theatre, Queen’s Park House and Marshall Hall.
Mr. Lashley said that the Carnegie Building was one of many listed historical buildings within Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison that had been abandoned due to their state of disrepair.
Restoration of these properties, he said, would improve the Cityscape; provide valuable real estate; and enrich the brand of Historic Bridgetown as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Other initiatives which, he said, were under way were the establishment of the National Art Gallery in Block A of the Garrison, plans for a custom-built cultural centre, and the restoration of Queen’s Park House, which is home to the Queen’s Park Gallery and the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre. He said this latter project was a partnership between the National Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Transport and Works and the private sector.
The next major fundraiser by the Trust will be the raffle of a Range Rover vehicle, complements of Simpson Motors. (JS/BGIS)