Haiti to re­build Na­tional Palace smashed in 2010 earth­quake

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - WORLD NEWS -

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian au­thor­i­ties say they will re­build the coun­try’s Na­tional Palace to re­sem­ble the iconic 90-year-old struc­ture that was smashed dur­ing the coun­try’s 2010 earth­quake. The col­lapse of the or­nate domed build­ing be­came a twin sym­bol of the quake’s dev­as­ta­tion and of the shat­tered gov­ern­ment’s dys­func­tion. Pres­i­dent Jovenel Moise on Wed­nes­day cre­ated a re­con­struc­tion com­mis­sion that in­cludes Haitian ar­chi­tects and his­to­ri­ans. He says a new Na­tional Palace will “make the con­nec­tion be­tween the his­tory, cul­ture and fu­ture of the Haitian na­tion.” Cle­ment Belizaire is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the gov­ern­ment’s agency for pub­lic build­ings. He says a re­vived palace will “ab­so­lutely” be com­pleted by 2020 and they will keep the ar­chi­tec­tural con­cepts of the pre­vi­ous build­ing. Of­fi­cials say they ex­pect the re­con­struc­tion project to go a com­pet­i­tive bid­ding process later this year.

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