A conservation and restoration exercise is yet to be completed on the oldest building in Capital City Kingstown, the St. Georges Cathedral, which was built on the site of an earlier Anglican Church – destroyed by a hurricane in 1780.
Though still majestic, the Church which was infested by termites is currently in need of extensive restoration.
Rene Baptiste, Chairman of the fund raising committee of the St. Georges Cathedral Restoration and Conservation Committee, said that an entire mapping exercise had to be done in order for work to progress on the building.
Ms. Baptiste who said that the Church had been infested with termites over the years, explained that the infestation could have been avoided had it not been for the removal of mahogany trees, which were planted outside the church.
In relation to receiving funding for the conservation and restoration exercise of the Church, Ms. Baptiste said they have not received much of a response.
Ms. Baptiste also explained that the restoration exercise is very tedious.
The Cathedral is part of the parish of Saints George and St. Andrew. This parish also includes the Church of the Transfiguration at Lowmans Hill (Leeward), the Church of the Ascension at Sion Hill and the Church of the Holy Redeemer at Redemption Sharpes.