Category Archives: Architecture

Historical Guyana in Pictures – Dmitri Allicock and Christopher Jeffrey

Historical Pictures of Guyana

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Fund Raising for Ramdeholl Memorial Church – New Amsterdam. Guyana

Ramdeholl Memorial Church

Fund Raising for Ramdeholl Memorial Church – New Amsterdam. Guyana

Request from Philip Ramdeholl

Hello Folks:

I have started a campaign to raise funds to restore Ramdeholl Memorial Church in New Amsterdam, Guyana. Please see attached  a two-page pdf. brochure outlining a brief history of the Church and its current condition.  Printed copies of the brochure are also available.

 My goal is to raise $20,000.00 within the next couple of months to pay for the required repairs and have all work completed by the end of October of 2014. We hope to have a Rededication Service on December 28, 2014.

Funds raised will be put towards repair of the exterior wood façade which is 73 years old and in need of new boards and repainting. The interior of the Church is in need of repainting, pews and floor require refinishing. Currently the Church does not have a washroom so we would like to to construct one in the Vestry area.   Continue reading

Historical Hotel Ads of Early Guyana – by Dmitri Allicock

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HISTORICAL HOTEL ADS OF EARLY GUYANA

By: Dmitri Allicock

A picture may paint a thousand words but ads written from over a century ago lend a kind of majesty to that vintage age of early Guyana and capture so well the essence and that flavor of passing time.

For the travelers of British Guiana in the late 1800s and early 1900s these historical hotel’s advertisements served the practical purposes for lodging and comfort away from home. Hotels would have provided basic accommodation, a room with bed, a cupboard, a small table, Continue reading

Guyana: Let’s save our capital city – Georgetown

Let’s save our capital city

MAY 6, 2014 | BY  |  EDITORIAL

The City of Georgetown – Guyana’s more than 200-year-old national capital – is in a state of crisis.

It is a well-known fact that Greater Georgetown’s commercial, demographic and geographical expansion over the past four decades has been the major contributory factor to the present situation.  The population has grown to about 250,000. The boundaries now include the former ‘rural’ plantations of Pattensen, Sophia and Turkeyen on the East Coast and the villages of Houston, McDoom and Agricola on East Bank Demerara.

The city is home to the main commercial port and is now served by its own municipal aerodrome at Ogle. It is the seat of the National Assembly; Supreme Court; Central Bank; Police and Defence Force Headquarters; government ministries and many more institutions.  Continue reading

The 1909 National Library of Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

THE 1909 NATIONAL LIBRARY OF GUYANA

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 By Dmitri Allicock

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.”  Albert Einstein

The National Library of Guyana formerly known as the Carnegie Free Library, the Georgetown Free Public Library and the Free Public Library, is the legal deposit and copyright library for Guyana.

Unlike many national libraries, it is also a public lending library and the headquarters of Guyana’s public library service, with branches extending throughout the country. Founded in 1909, the National Library of Guyana is situated on the corner of Church Street and Main Street in central Georgetown.

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Historic Georgetown City Hall is to be repaired and restored

Historic Georgetown City Hall is to be repaired and restored

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The historic City Hall, described as one of the finest examples of Gothic Architecture in the Caribbean, could see long-awaited and much needed rehabilitation soon.

Built in the late 19th century, City Hall has been left to fall apart over the years, but now the government says it is ready to put funding to get the structure back in shape. The announcement today from Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon.

Dr Luncheon said that apart from public funds, there has been external interest in funding the project; he did not name those external interests. No price tag has been attached to what is expected to be a mammoth task to restore the building and maintain its architectural style, which is known as “fancy dress” Gothic. Continue reading

MovieTowne – Streets of the World – in Trinidad – video

MovieTowne – Streets of the World – in Trinidad – video

Published on Mar 24, 2014 - Streets of the World – Uniting cultures from around the world to create the entertainment mecca of the Caribbean.  If this becomes a reality it will aid in the development of tourism and investment in Trinidad and Tobago with the potential of  making it the “Entertainment Capital of the Caribbean”.

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Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome home is now a museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Revolutionary Geodesic Dome Home to be Transformed into a Museum

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Buckminster Fulle Dome Restoration

  By Christina Sarich

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.” ― Buckminster Fuller

It was the world’s first geodesic dome, imagined and made real by one of the most revolutionary minds of our time. The home was built in the 1960s and was inhabited by the designer and his wife before his passing, but it is still an inspiring monument to a philosopher and architect like no other, R. Buckminster Fuller. Fortunately, it will be made into a museum, free to the public in April of this year, due to a recent investment by inspired individuals.

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A project for 2014 – Save Georgetown’s City Hall

City Hall - Georgetown-Guyana

City Hall – Georgetown-Guyana

DECEMBER 29, 2013 · Stabroek News – Editorial

A project for 2014 – Save Georgetown’s City Hall

There can be few places on the planet where it is more frustrating to live than Guyana. Of course, everyone hopes that 2014 will usher in a new spirit of co-operation and amity in the political firmament; that miracles will be performed with the city’s drains and trenches; that the garbage crisis in all parts of the country will be miraculously confronted; that there will be a dramatic reduction in the crime rate; and that a commendable impact will be made on any number of social perversions, anomalies and pathologies – but we all know it is not going to happen, or at least, not much of it.              

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How to build with clay… and community – TED video

Diébédo Francis Kéré: How to build with clay… and community

Published on Dec 10, 2013

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture… He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to help his neighbors reap the benefit of his education. In this charming talk, Kéré shows off some of the beautiful structures he’s helped to build in his small village in the years since then, including an award-winning primary school made from clay by the entire community.

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