Almost All of Port-au-Prince’s ‘Gingerbread Houses’ Managed to Survive the Quake

By Special Report
Haitian Truth | Al Jazeera (video)

Despite the billions of dollars worth of damage caused by the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti in January, many of the capital’s oldest buildings are still standing.

Almost all of Port-au-Prince’s “Gingerbread houses” – elaborate wooded buildings, many more than a century old – managed to survive the quake. The buildings were constructed during a time of prosperity in the country and feature an architectural style which fuses European colonial influence with traditional Haitian designs.

Now architects and engineers are using this structural design as an example of how the country should be rebuilt.


Sources: Haitian Truth | Al Jazeera (video)




Dady Chery

About Dady Chery

Dr. Dady Chery is a Haitian-born journalist, playwright, essayist, and poet. She is the author of "We Have Dared to Be Free: Haiti's Struggle Against Occupation." Her broad interests encompass science, culture, and human rights. She writes extensively about Haiti and world issues such as climate change and social justice. Her many contributions to Haitian news include the first proposal that Haiti’s cholera had been imported by the UN, and the first story describing Haiti’s mineral wealth.

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