Category Archives: Architecture

Guyana History: The house with ninety-nine windows

The house with 99 windows

The house with 99 windows

Guyana Times Sunday Magazine – June 14, 2013

Though crumbling, the house of 99 windows stood as a symbol of status more than 100 years ago. In the 1800s and early 1900s, to construct a house with 100 windows and furnish it with a more than 14-foot dining table were ways of showing to society one’s high status.

This was true of the Hicken family of Berbice. They built a massive house with 100 windows and furnished it with a dining table stretching over 14 feet in length.

David Fraser, 76, and heir of the house, said in an interview that he had read a bit on the building from some aged records that are totally destroyed now. He was unable to learn all the details about the history of the house, but remembered some details. Continue reading

Guyana: Pegasus Hotel has announced a September 2020 completion date

Locally-owned Pegasus Hotel has announced a September 2020 completion of its 12-storey suites and a seven-storey corporate offices expansion.

Robert Badal

The construction of the estimated US$100M project started in October last year.
It comprises a 12-storey tower providing long-term accommodation and a seven-storey office complex providing first world corporate offices.

According to Pegasus’s managing director, Robert Badal, all corporate offices would over time be converted to accommodation when it is viable to do so. The objective is to expand the services offered by Pegasus Hotel, a premier tourism company.

Giving an update last week, the executive disclosed that regarding the economic benefits, taxes from suppliers and bank interest during construction is estimated at US$2.8M per annum and close to US$4M per annum after full operation.          Continue reading

A Lukewarm World Heritage Day 2019 in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

World Heritage Day 2019 in Guyana – by Francis Quamina Farrier

April 18 is the day when countries around the world observe International Day of Monuments and Sites, which is also known as “WORLD HERITAGE DAY. Again this year, that special day which was established by UNESCO, slipped by virtually unheralded here in Guyana.

It is a special day when citizens and tourists alike, visit Monuments and Heritage Sites in droves, hold a number of Conferences and Round Tables related to Monuments and Sites, and journalists write about the Monuments and Heritage Sites in their communities, towns and cities. I have only now come around to write this feature article regards World Heritage Day, 2019, and as such I’m one of those individuals who are, “Guilty by Omission”.

However, as the saying goes, “Better late than never”, and so here I am with this feature article which throws the spotlight on some of Guyana’s Monuments and Sights in our Beautiful “Land of Many Waters” and Lofty Hills and Mountains.          Continue reading

The 100 Tallest Buildings in New York City – Infographic

The 100 Tallest Buildings in New York City

This visualization plots out the tallest buildings in New York City.

Two of the biggest skyscrapers, the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building, were erected during the Great Depression and still crack the top ten list today.

The Chrysler Building was actually the first skyscraper ever to be built at a height exceeding 1,000 feet. Meanwhile, the Empire State building, which was finished one year later, was the “world’s tallest building” for nearly 40 years.

However, as you can see, the rest of the buildings on the top ten list are more recent builds. It’s a testament to how fast the skyline of New York City has changed even in the last decade.

We also highlight a few in the pipeline that will change the Big Apple’s skyline forever.

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Notre-Dame: The story of the fire in graphics and images – BBC News

BBC News – 16 April 2019

An investigation has begun into the fire that swept through the medieval cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, destroying its roof and spire.

Much of the roof was covered in scaffolding as part of a big renovation programme, which is being investigated as a possible cause of the blaze.

MORE PHOTOS and DETAILS

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ALSO VIEW:

Notre-Dame before the fire in 360° video

The interactive control in the 360° video above allows you to explore its stunning interior from all angles before the flames took hold.

Just months before Notre-Dame was severely damaged by fire, a French camera team filmed the iconic cathedral.

Courtesy Forum des images – TV5Monde. Original footage directed by Raphael Beaugrand.   BBC VR Producer: Stephen Beckett.

INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF GUYANA – click to view

Stabroek Market. Georgetown. Guyana.

INCREDIBLE PICTURES OF GUYANA

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VIDEO: Rio Carnival 2019 [HD] – Floats & Dancers | Brazilian Carnival | The Samba Schools Parade

Rio Carnival 2019 [HD] – Floats & Dancers | Brazilian Carnival | The Samba Schools Parade

Rio de Janeiro Carnival highlights. The competition took place on March 3 and 4, 2019. The Special Group of the Samba Schools Parade always happen on Sunday and Monday which is before Tuesday of carnival (mobile holiday that occurs 47 days before Easter, and which this year it is on March 5). On both nights, the parade starts at 9 o’clock and ends at sunrise.

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GUYANA: The School Where Indigenous Youth Learn About Their Land and Culture

Bina Hill Institute’s Youth Learning Centre – Annai. Guyana ….. A report by Carinya Sharples for Mongabay.

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Education Building

ANNAI, Guyana — It’s 8:30 a.m. and the main school building of the Bina Hill Institute’s Youth Learning Centre is strangely quiet. The classrooms are deserted, the newly built dormitories are empty, and the football field lies still. But behind the kitchen block is a hubbub of noise: the roar of a motorbike, the hum of chattering voices, snatches of Latin music played on unseen cellphones. It’s the sound of an entire student body hard at work plucking, boiling and cleaning more than 100 white leghorn chickens.

The Youth Learning Centre (YLC) is not your average school. Surrounded by the savanna, rainforest and mountains of Guyana’s North Rupununi district, it’s the only tertiary educational institution in the country’s hinterland. And although the two-year syllabus includes English and math, classes focus on areas relevant to life in Guyana’s interior, such as agriculture, natural resource management, forestry, tourism, traditional crafts and one of the local indigenous languages, Makushi.        Continue reading

Guyana Institute of Historical Research – GIHR – Online Newsletter – March 2019

                 Download: GIHR Online Newsletter – March 2019

Guyana Politics: Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Heroes, Monsters and ORDER – by Francis Quamina Farrier

The result of the December 21, 2018, NO CONFIDENCE vote in the Guyana Parliament, remains a HOT TOPIC in Guyana, as well as in the vast Guyanese Diaspora worldwide. In fact, it is still unfolding with a number of unexpected twists and turns, as it was spawned by the “YES” vote itself. As a colleague of mine described it as, “The mother of all “YES” votes in the history of the Guyana Parliament”.

Recently I came across an old photograph of the Public Buildings, which seemed to be well over 100 years old. The photograph also showed scores of ordinary people on the Brickdam pavement and military clad persons inside the compound. It seems that there was no fence around the building at the time the photograph was taken, and certainly no statue of the iconic labour leader Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow in the north east of the compound. In addition, there was no big screen and loud speakers that now project the sitting of Parliament to citizens outside its chambers in real time. Since the photograph was not dated, I wondered what was the specific event and whether it had resulted in as dramatic an upheaval as occasioned by the recent December 21, 2018 sitting of the Parliament.          Continue reading

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