Photo showing Kenya's Heritage House, available online at African Heritage House website.
Kenyans are rallying online to save Nairobi’s legendary ‘Heritage House’ from being demolished to make way for a modern railway line. The House – which is claimed to be the most photographed in Africa
– is a museum of ancient wonders that showcases the continent’s extraordinarily rich past.
African Heritage House was built by American-born Alan Donovan more than two decades ago. It stands overlooking Nairobi National Park; inside, roughly 6,000 pieces of African art from around the continent are on display, in a building that also serves as Donovan's home. Activists say the house should be considered a national heritage site.
Photo showing interior of Heritage House, available online at African Heritage House website.
Yet the government’s latest project to boost Kenya’s ailing infrastructure has left Heritage House at risk of being demolished. Under the current plans
, a new railway linking the capital with the port city of Mombasa would cut right through the house – skirting Nairobi National Park and leaving the house earmarked for demolition. The construction would be carried out by the China Road and Bridge Corporation at a cost of around $3.6 billion