President's House, Trinidad and Tobago

President's House
The President's House Trinidad.jpg
President's House from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
General information
TypeOfficial residence
LocationPort of Spain, Trinidad
CountryTrinidad and Tobago
Coordinates10°40′40″N 61°30′43″W / 10.677646°N 61.511979°W / 10.677646; -61.511979
Current tenantsPresident of Trinidad and Tobago
Inaugurated1876
OwnerGovernment of Trinidad and Tobago

President's House is the official residence of the President of Trinidad and Tobago, located in the capital city Port of Spain, on Trinidad island, Trinidad and Tobago. It is next to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

History[edit]

In 1895, when it was the Governor's House

A previous building on the site, known as "The Cottage," had been used as the Governor's residence since 1867. This residence, replacing it, was built in 1876.[1] The stone facade is local blue limestone. The roof is covered with Welsh Dutchess slate. The building contains Victorian columns and railings with Victorian Italianate style arched portals and loggias.[2]

The house was used as the home of the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago and the Monarch of the United Kingdom from 1876 to 30 April 1958, when it became the residence of the Governor-General of the West Indies Federation.

Trinidad and Tobago attained independence on 31 August 1962. The house was then used as a museum and art gallery for a period, until it again became the residence of the Governors-General and the Queen of Trinidad and Tobago.

When Trinidad and Tobago became a republic in 1976, the Governor-General's house was subsequently designated as "The President's House", and became the residence of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Present day[edit]

Today, as well as being the President's private residence, the house is used for national awards and swearing-in ceremonies, as well as diplomatic receptions. The President's office is located in a separate building in the grounds of the house.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "President's House - Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago - Yahoo! Travel". Travel.yahoo.com. 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  2. ^ "Discover Trinidad & Tobago - The President's House". Discover-tt.com. Retrieved 2012-08-06.