Restoration of the Iron Market is seen as a symbol of hope to the people of Haiti who are largely still living in tents and makeshift shelters. Amazingly, the project was completed in less than a year, which was due to JMP’s previous experience working in Haiti as well as O’Brien’s commitment to the restoration and his $12 million donation. “It’s amazing it’s been so fast,” McAslan said. “It’s the only project which has been completed of any scale. But it could have taken five years without such a determined client.”
The Iron Market was originally built in 1891 and over the last century has become a cultural, historical and architectural landmark in Haiti. A fire damaged the market in 2008 and then last year’s earthquake demolished it, leaving behind only the landmark towers. JMP designed and facilitated the restoration, which brought it to a level of even before the fire in 2008.