Preserving Haiti's Gingerbread Houses 2010 Earthquake mission report, December 2010

(2010) Preserving Haiti's Gingerbread Houses 2010 Earthquake mission report, December 2010. Technical Report. World Monuments Fund, New York, 83p. ISBN 978-1-890879-42-6. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

In October 2009, the Gingerbread Houses of Haiti were included on the 2010 World Monuments Watch, to raise international awareness about this unique ar-chitectural heritage. Many of these once elegant, turn-of-the-century structures, detailed with fretted wood and intricate latticework, had fallen into disrepair. While political instability and economic strife had precluded substantive preservation ef-forts in recent decades, the Haitian Leadership and Education Program (HELP) brought the Gingerbread Houses to the attention of the World Monuments Fund (WMF), in the hopes of generating support for the revitalization of these important buildings and communities. This report represents the results of the assessment mission and constitutes a first step in a challenging recovery process. It is anticipated that this data will serve to inform and build the broader program of revitalization for the Gingerbread neigh-borhoods and to foster continued institutional cooperation and community partici-pation. A key element envisioned by WMF for future phases includes a series of tech-nical briefs cum manual for residents and building owners, enabling them to work toward the repair and conservation of the Gingerbread Houses and the overall revi-talization of these once vibrant neighborhoods. This assessment lays the groundwork for such materials and ancillary training, and builds a foundation for information sharing, advocacy, and community development. By emphasizing the common chal-lenges and opportunities faced by the Gingerbread House community, the project team and partners hope to facilitate continued cooperation and engender collective support for recovery.

Item Type: Book (Technical Report)
Avrami, Erica
Corporate Authors: World Monuments Fund
Languages: English
Keywords: earthquakes; earthquake damage; assessment of damage; inventories; data bases; methodology; building materials; building techniques; architectural heritage; historic houses; half-timberings; 19th; protection of architectural heritage; restoration projects; emergency programs; earthquake resistance; haiti; wooden architecture; architectural heritage; natural disasters; post-disaster situations; recovery process
Subjects: C. ARCHITECTURE > 03. Styles of architecture
C. ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C. ARCHITECTURE > 07. Decorations and ornaments
G. DETERIORATION > 02. Causes of deterioration
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Gingerbread district, City of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Number of Pages: 83
ISBN: 978-1-890879-42-6
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2019 15:07
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 15:07

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