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Rehabilitation - Musee d'Art Haitien

Presentation at the Queens Museum of Art by Joseph Harold GASPARD, Monuments' Architect, President of the Haitian Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-HAITI) on August 9 2015, organized by the Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation and its NYC support committee to the museum. Presentation au Queens Museum of Art by Joseph Harold GASPARD, Architecte de Monuments, Président du Comité National haïtien du Conseil International des Musées (ICOM-HAITI) le 09 août 2015 sur invitation de la Toussaint Louverture Cultural Foundation et de son comité de soutien au musée.
Pre008 Historical context: The birth of the Musee d’Art Haitien is foreshadowed since the end of the 40’. From the Art Center movement, created in 1944, the idea of opening a museum was born quite naturally; Financial difficulties arising from the economic crisis of the late forties; In 1963, the beginning of a museum is housed the St Peter’s College of the Episcopal Church; In 1972, the architect and sculptor Albert Mangonès performs the first phase of his museum’s project: the showroom
The Museum borders the southeast side of Port-au-Prince’s historic center of which the Champs de March is the most important section and has the most important concentration of cultural facilities. Inaugurated in 1972, the Musée d’Art Haïtien du Collège Saint-Pierre built its art collection from artworks purchased by the Episcopal Church of Haiti in 1950 and from the Art Center’s donations. The collections of the Musée d'Art Haitien du College St Pierre today consist of approximately six hundred and fifty pieces including watercolors, paintings and sculptures.
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Damages caused by the January 2010 earthquake The January 12, 2010 earthquake heavily damaged the showroom’s and the reserve room’s structures, and caused the large windows to break. Some walls collapsed and others separated from the main structure. Cracks appeared to the right of the beams and at the support points. The tremors caused the collapse of the upper part of the southwest wall and into the stockroom as well as causing storage shelfs to fall. Twenty objects were damaged and most of the shelfs were totally destroyed.
Costs: Strengthening and sealing are estimated at approximately $199,800.00; Parquet floor work is estimated at $69,500.00; Partial electrical installation and air extractors’ replacement: $44,351.50; Refurbish visitors’ bathroom: $26,825.95; Reorganization of the main access, sidewalks security and handicap crossing: $23,768. 95. Spent as of today: $86,219.96 Collected as of today: $154,623.00 Needed to complete the work: $233,392.45
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Voyez la présentation complète ici / The full presentation can be viewed here:
Quelques photos des travaux en cours /Some pictures of the work being done:
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