The Britannic Hall on Main Street is undergoing a major renovation.
Built more than one hundred years ago, the historic building sustained more than 70 percent in damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.
Owner Derek Dunlop told BVI News this week that the roof, railings, and balcony were severely damaged.
Renovation work started on February 1 and is slated for a July completion date.
According to Dunlop, the building will be restored to its original design.
“There is a new roof that’s completed, we have half of the electric and half of the re-plastering finished. We have rebuilt the first floor with reinforced concrete columns and tie it into the original foundations and it has a ring beam to replace the timbre,” he said.
New air-conditioning, floors, kitchen, and washrooms are also part of renovations.
Hefty bill to rebuild
While remaining tight-lipped on the cost of the project, Dunlop said the undertaking is quite pricey.
“If it wasn’t the hurricane, I wouldn’t have done it otherwise,” he said referring to the building’s impeccable state prior to the disasters.
“It is a very historic building. I am very much a conservationist. We have people who have come who were born here and we show them around. I feel very proud and lucky but in those days you never thought about it.”
The Dunlops have been the owners of the Britannic Hall for more than 40 years now. The Crown previously owned the facility and prior to that, a former pirate known as John Hamm is said to have owned the Hall.
It is said the Britannic Hall was one of the main buildings which housed medical staff and members of the legal fraternity.
The two floor and eight-room building now house the offices of Smiths Gore BVI Limited.
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