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The distinctive early 20th century hybrid timber frame and masonry houses of Port au Prince, the "Gingerbreads", are a global high water mark of Caribbean and African American environmental culture.  Although threatened, these world treasures also offer unique opportunities to leverage cultural resources and increased density.  These buildings occupy large parcels in the neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the downtown, and are thus critical urban markers as well as tourist attractions. 

The culturally connected restoration and redevelopment of these architectural treasures can provide additional housing and hospitality lodging, as well as accommodation of professional office space and institutional uses.  This increased density and multi-purposing will also help subsidize the critical historically accurate restoration of the Gingerbreads.  GALRI is currently analyzing the feasibility of redeveloping several Gingerbread properties in partnership with international hospitality companies.