Karachi, 12 October 2021 (TDI): The United States Consul General in Karachi, Mark Stroh, visited Frere Hall on its 156th anniversary of public opening today. Restoring the 19th-century architectural masterpiece, the Consul General launched the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) project during the ceremony.
Mark Stroh launched the Fund to preserve and restore the cultural site, besides emphasizing that the preservation effort of Frere Hall is evident of the United States’ commitment towards preserving Pakistan’s cultural heritage for future generations. The US Consulate General in Karachi collaborated with Sindh Exploration and Adventure Society (SEAS), and Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to launch the ceremony.
According to the US Consulate in Karachi, the United States has funded around 1.1 billion rupees for the preservation of nearly thirty cultural heritage sites in Pakistan. Therefore, under the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, Frere Hall is the 4th preservation site in Sindh and the 30th in Pakistan. Earlier this month in Lahore, the United States also awarded Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to the Alamgir gate at Lahore Fort.