Tax breaks and other incentives needed to encourage Guyanese to preserve architectural heritage
There needs to be tax breaks and other incentives, to encourage Guyanese to preserve the architectural heritage of Guyana, particularly Georgetown, this was one of the views expressed by an architect, who has practiced in the Caribbean Mrs. Saskia Hardt, who is the wife of the United States Ambassador to Guyana.
Mrs. Hardt was asked by the National Trust of Guyana to deliver a guest lecture looking at Guyana’s Heritage through the lens of a foreigner.
She told the gathering at the Umana Yana that Guyana’s architectural heritage is indeed a reflection of the people who inhabit or were brought to this land over the years. She noted however, that Guyana has given to the rest of the Caribbean its unique vernacular in terms of the Demerara Windows and its traditional simple timber houses.
The wife of the US Ambassador made a strong case for the private public sector partnership to be used in the restoration of City Hall and other well-known buildings in the City.
She highlighted the fact that some of the buildings were restored, like Red House, Austin House in Kingston and made passing reference to the fact that some of the designs of new buildings going up in the city are out of scale of what the city looks like and may put a drain on the city’s resources.
She also made a passionate call for the documentation of the heritage of Guyana and the Greening of Georgetown particularly new buildings and development. The lecture is part of the Heritage Week celebrations and seeks to promote heritage tourism.