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This site is on the Heritage Asset Register which is the official list of Trinidad and Tobago’s historic sites that are worthy of notation and preservation. The register is authorized by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Council and is by no means exhaustive. The sites on the Heritage Asset Register are not owned by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The Trust welcomes any historical information and oral histories the public wishes to share with us concerning this site via the feedback form.

The Piccadilly house is the home of Gabrielle Figari and her brother Junior Figari built in 1920 by their parents Henry and Enid Figari. This house was one of two family homes which allowed the family of seven children, three boys and four girls, to attend urban schools and be nurtured by their mother whilst their father dealt with his cocoa and coffee business at their property in Moruga. The 58 Piccadilly Street residence is located at the Eastern side of Port of Spain at the base of Laventille Hill and runs along the East Dry River/St. Ann’s River, to the Eastern end of Independence Square and Tamarind Square. The house’s overall architectural expression borrows from various external precedents and reflects an understanding of local conditions both environmental and cultural. Ornamentation such as elaborate fretwork, for example, acknowledges stylistic trends of the time, while providing the functional benefits of air circulation in an equatorial climate. In many ways, the diminutive Piccadilly House is mimetic of the grander urban mansions including the Boissiere House, its precursor. Also evident is the influence of Scottish architect, George Brown seen in the decorative fretwork, steep pitched gables and dormers adorned with finials, and the ornate covered walkway, all of which borrow from similarly influenced local houses from this period. Property of interest located in the City of Port of Spain comprising 2,257 square feet, bounded on the north by No. 56, Piccadilly Street, on the south by No. 60, Piccadilly Street, on the east by Piccadilly Lane, and on the west by Piccadilly Street.

Address: 58 Picadilly Street

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Private

Public Accessibility: Limited Access

Listing Status: Stage 7 – Notice of Intention has been published in the Trinidad and Tobago Gazette, the owners have been informed and the intention to list has been published in at least three issues of a daily newspaper/p>

Cultural Community:

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses

Address:

58 Picadilly Street, Port of Spain