Track 4: Diversity, Population Change, and Gentrification in the Preservation Dialogue
A Town Hall gathering will soon be held (April 15) to provide an opportunity for the University of Bahamas students to directly engage the Harbor Island Community to extract from them a vision for the future use of a local historic monument. The Residency, as this historic two-story verandah house is known, is located in the heart of the town - at the top of the hill and on axis with the Government Dock. It’s prominent location in Dunmore Town could serve many functions for the community: a museum, a gallery, a meeting space, classroom spaces, event space, market/incubator space, etc. The results of the public workshop will be presented by the Bahamian students as the working Program for an upcoming Restoration Design Studio in conjunction with the University of Miami, Antiquities Monuments and Memorials Corporation of the Bahamas, and the Friends of the Residency. This project would aim to rebuild the collapsing verandahs and roof while adapting the interior and repurposing the site for new active uses.
Restoring this prototypical Bahamian edifice in such a way that preserves the character of the place and empowers the people of the community, both culturally and economically, could help pave the way for a future Preservation District.