NATIONAL ARCHITECTURE DAYS: 60 students discover the Saint-Martin Courthouse

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On Friday, October 14, around sixty students from Lycée Robert Weinum and the Académie des Métiers had the chance to visit the Marigot courthouse as part of the National Architecture Days. 

Organized by the Department of Cultural Action of the Community, this event was a first of its kind. The National Architecture Days, celebrated from October 14 to 16, were initiated by the Ministry of Culture in 2016 with the aim of bringing together initiatives that contribute to the discovery of architecture and its trades, and this, for all audiences. 

For the first Saint-Martin edition around these days dedicated to architectural heritage, the Collectivity has chosen to promote an emblematic and historic building in Marigot, the Courthouse. This building was built in 1932 and designed by the famous architect of the time, Ali Tür, who notably designed and built around a hundred buildings in Guadeloupe from 1929 to 1937. When Claudine Lake-Mingau, director of the Cultural Action of the Community, contacted the representatives of the local court of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy, namely Nathalie Conrad, president of the court and Hakima Bensahnoun, director of the judicial registry services, the latter two were particularly favorable and delighted to collaborate with the service of the Community to allow young people to discover this building where they officiate on a daily basis. 47 students from the STI2D construction and architecture option at Lycée Robert Weinum, 8 young people from the Académie des Métiers and 5 accompanying persons took part in the visit. For most of them, it was the first time they had entered a courtroom and there was general amazement. Guided by Louise Conner Carter, the court's longest-serving employee, the young people experienced a real immersion in this world that may seem inaccessible to many. The students lent themselves to role-playing, proposing their own legal hearing, which did not fail to arouse interest and even vocations. The Courthouse of Saint-Martin, which we owe to the creative imagination of the architect Ali Tür, has undergone several renovations over time while keeping its authenticity with its balustrade, its columns and its original tiles, in order to respect the architectural style of the artist. At the end of the visit, the students received a certificate of participation in this national day of architecture which will certainly be renewed next year given the success of this first edition. _VX

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