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BELIZE CITY LANDMARK GETS A FACELIFT

BELIZE CITY LANDMARK GETS A FACELIFT
August 01
13:10 2018

As the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project continues, St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest historic building in the area is getting some needed renovations.

The Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) and Belize Infrastructure Limited, has contracted the firm Signature Buildings to do the renovations on the cathedral which was built in 1812.

The scope of the rehabilitation works include cleaning of the building, roof to wall mending/re-plastering, sealing of roof to wall and roof seams, repair and reconstruction of windows and shutters, replacement of bricks, repair and re-staining of entrance doors.

The rehabilitation started in June and is scheduled to finish in September 2018.

Albert Avila, community liaison officer with the MTCA, explained that the works are being done with the goal of keeping the building true to its original look and feel.

We’re not changing anything structurally. We’re not moving any of the bricks, we’re only cleaning the bricks. There are certain parts of the windows that have rotted that need to be replaced with new wood but the design of the window will remain the same. Where we can keep what’s there we’ll keep what’s there,” Avila said.

He noted that the roof itself is not the original as it has been changed a few times over the years and that the renovations do not include any works to be done on the inside of the church.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project launched in

February of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed by February, 2019.

Other sub-projects include changing the Government House to a National Museum and constructing a new building for the house of culture on the same compound, as well as upgrades to the Yarborough field.

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