The National Trust for the Cayman Islands recently completed a significant restoration project of the historic Eldemire House in Cayman Brac.
Christina McTaggart, executive director of the National Trust, said that the restoration of the Eldemire House was crucial to the preservation of “its rich history, traditional architecture and cultural importance to Cayman Brac”.
“It’s very rewarding to see this old home standing proud again,” she said.
The restoration was made possible by the contributions of Seth Arch, Jim Scott, and the financial assistance of Maples Finance, Jacques Scott and William Reid.
Originally constructed in 1927, the home was donated to the National Trust in 2005 along with its furnishings, photographs and a small wooden boat named the “Seven Sons”.
Despite being one of only 11 homes on the Brac that survived the ‘32 storm, the house was not spared by Hurricane Paloma. Damage sustained during the hurricane stalled the project until late 2012.
The extensive restoration efforts included both cosmetic and structural work.
The site is still not complete, however, and according to the Trust, additional funding to add landscaping, fencing, parking, and signage is needed.