Governor Augustus Jaspert has signed a contract valued more than $65,000 with a local construction company to begin phase one of repairs to the Old Government House Museum.
A media release from the Office of the Governor dated March 4 stated that Krezmor Construction was the successful company following a competitive tender process that was overseen by the Recovery & Development Agency.
The $65,710.80 contract specifies for Krezmor Construction to repair the rooms on the ground floor of the museum. This will include the dining room, front room and an exhibition room which contains historic records and items.
“This contract marks an important step in repairing Old Government House Museum so it can be re-opened for the benefit of local people and visitors to the Virgin Islands. It has been closed to the public since it suffered extensive damage during the hurricanes of 2017,” Governor Jaspert stated.
Local response to fundraising initiatives well received
He also said the response from residents and local businesses in raising funds for the restoration of the historic museum has been tremendous over the years.
“Almost exactly a year ago, the Board of Old Government House hosted a fundraising Gala and Auction to raise funds to restore the house and gardens. Local businesses were very generous in supporting the event and the local community responded enthusiastically, raising over $77,000. Since then, generous anonymous donors have added to the appeal,” Governor Jaspert added.
The aforesaid release also stated that the gardens of the museum underwent a few redevelopments in 2019, with students from the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies creating new pathways.
The students also assisted with the displaying of an ancient canon and erecting a new pergola to provide space for shade in the garden.
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