A mere four city blocks from the waterfront of Cap-Haïtien's historic port—once a lucrative hub of the international trade of sugar, coffee and African slaves—the building occupying a block of Rue 15 (stretching the full length from Rue B to Rue D) was once a warehouse on the lower floor with apartment-like residences upstairs, quite typical of the era. Today, the local chapter of Alliance Française
—while already making use of the old building—is in the midst of a total renovation to adaptively re-use it as a modern outlet for cultural exchange. The ambitious program includes a multi-faceted mix of classrooms, offices, theatre, dancehall, library and accomodation for artists-in-residence. There are even plans for a public café occupying the corner of Rue 15 & Rue B to enliven the neighborhood conversation.