It is already an enjoyable treasure for Jamaicans of all ages, and visitors alike. But, come October 27, the historical vibes at Devon House will move up tempo. Friends of this much-loved cultural centre, along with the popular Wild Bunch Disco, will be hosting a fund-raising party to benefit a number of projects. Headlined 'Dancin' Til A Mawnin', it will not only provide exciting music, but patrons will enjoy a meal included in the cost of a ticket, and have a chance at winning an attractive gate prize. Drinks will be on sale. Tickets are available at the Devon House or from members of the Friends of Devon House.
Devon House, which was declared a national monument by the Jamaican National Heritage Trust in 1990, is dear to the hearts of Jamaicans for many reasons. Countless couples choose its gracious grounds and elegant 19th-century architecture as a backdrop for their wedding photos. As one of the few remaining public green spaces in Kingston, its lawns provide a favourite haunt for many persons. Its many outbuildings and communal areas house a range of craft and other shops, both high-end and extra-affordable eating spots, and enhance Kingston's contribution to heritage tourism.
But perhaps most important, this beautiful mansion continues to inspire today's Jamaicans as a testament to one man overcoming difficulties in spite of challenging circumstances. It was built by George Stiebel, described as Jamaica's first millionaire of African descent. Stiebel, who had modest origins, was the son of a German Jew and a Jamaican housekeeper.
Now owned by the Government of Jamaica, Devon House is a monument to the skill of Jamaican craftsmen, and has been restored several times, most recently in 2008.
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