Public awareness of our rich architectural heritage needs to be encouraged
Stabroek News
September 22, 2001

Dear Editor,

I fully agree with your editorial (20.9.01) [ please note: link provided by LOSP web site ] captioned 'Repairing State House.' Georgetown probably has one of the finest collections of wooden buildings dating from the mid-19th century and every effort must be made to preserve these buildings for the current and future generations. The buildings are under

constant threat from decay by weather, sheer neglect, and the high risk of incendiary damage.

Looking around Georgetown, it is sad to see so many buildings in a state of dilapidation - and many of them in the vicinity of State House, particularly in Main Street where buildings have disappeared altogether.

You cited the Red House which is an excellent example of what can be achieved through architectural restoration; the building now lives and breathes again through the context of its historical past and moreover it is accessible to the general public. Public awareness of this rich architectural heritage needs to be encouraged.

Castellani House seems to have achieved this standing where the history of the building has now become synonymous with its new function as an art gallery.

In London on September 23/24 it's 'Open House'. This is an annual architecture event when buildings, not normally accessible to the general public, are thrown open to Londoners who queue eagerly to get glimpses of what's hidden behind those facades. I am sure there are many Guyanese who would similarly love the opportunity to get a peep inside the newly restored State House!

You also mention St Andrews Kirk, one of the oldest structures in Stabroek. I trust that Stabroek News would take this opportunity to remind readers that a restoration fund is in progress and donations are welcome, particularly from those overseas friends.

Yours faithfully,

Wayne McWatt