- One of Montego Bay’s historic landmarks, the 177 year old Creek Dome, is being refurbished at a cost of $9 million.
- The project involves replacement of the wooden windows, rails and doors, enhancing the brick façade, repairs to the stairs, and installation of bollards to control the area around the facility.
- The structure was declared a National Heritage Monument, by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) several years ago.
One of Montego Bay’s historic landmarks, the 177 year old Creek Dome, is being refurbished at a cost of $9 million.
The project, which started in December 2013, is being spearheaded by the St. James Parish Council, through its Roads and Works Department, with funding from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
The project involves replacement of the wooden windows, rails and doors, enhancing the brick façade, repairs to the stairs, and installation of bollards to control the area around the facility.
Improvements works are also slated for the landscape in the Dome’s immediate vicinity.
“The Dome”, as it is commonly called, is a relatively small structure located at the intersection of Creek and Dome streets, just on the outskirts of the downtown district. It was originally constructed to protect one the city’s water sources, commonly referred to as “The Creek”, well nearly 200 years ago.
The structure was declared a National Heritage Monument, by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) several years ago.
Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Glendon Harris, welcomes the Dome’s renovation, adding that project is 60 per cent complete.
He advises that a sculpture of a young lady bearing a bucket used to fetch water from the well, representative of what previously occurred under the Dome, is also to be erected beside the facility. A resident of the city, he further informs, has been identified to create the sculpture and will be commissioned accordingly.
Councillor Harris points out that the possibility of the Dome being incorporated into a tour package, along with other historical landmarks across the city, is being explored.
The Mayor expressed satisfaction with the work undertaken thus far, and is optimistic it will be completed by Labour Day, this year, on May 23. He also advises that expressions of interest to maintain the structure have been forthcoming from several of Montego Bay’s corporate stakeholders, which will also be considered.
“We (Council) will see to it that it (Dome) is kept in pristine condition. It will be basically overseen by the Montego Bay Arts Council, and we will be making that a part of the Montego Bay Heritage tour along with the Montego Bay Civic Centre, the Parish Church, and other landmarks in the city,” Councillor Harris says.
Meanwhile several residents have also welcomed the Dome’s facelift, indicating that it is long overdue.
Businessman, Neville Maxwell, tells JIS News that tourism entities should ensure the structure forms part of an historical city tour package.
“It can generate funds, not just for me and my business here (located in the Dome’s vicinity), but for others who will be working in the tourism industry,” he contends.
Alethia Brown, who attends the First Church of the Open Bible, located next to the Dome, is particularly pleased with the work being done, as she says it will enhance the area’s aesthetics.