Ambard’s House/Roomor

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Roomor, or Ambard’s House, was constructed by Lucien F Ambard in 1904 as a family residence. It was designed by a French architect and is described as being French 2nd Empire in style. The original pattern-book is still available at the Ambard’s House library. Most of the materials used in construction were imported; the marble from Italy, the tiles from France and the cast iron elements from Scotland. The wood for the rafters came from an estate in Erin owned by the Ambard family.

Because of financial difficulties resulting in an inability to meet his mortgage payments to Gordon Grant and Company, Ambard lost his house in 1919. It was subsequently sold to Pointz Mackenzie, who also lost it in 1923 under similar circumstances. The property again came under the control of the Gordon Grant and Company. In 1925, William Pettigrew Humphrey, an American businessman, rented the house where he lived with his family until 1940, the year that the house was sold to Mr Timothy Roodal.

Today, Ambard’s House remains the property and residence of Mr Roodal’s heirs and the house is at present occupied by Mr Roodal’s granddaughter, Dr Yvonne Morgan, and her family. Roomor is a combination of two family names; Roodal and Morgan.

Despite many changes, Roomor remains one of the few of the Magnificent Seven that has substantially maintained the integrity of the original design and finishes.

Other Known Name: Roomor

Address: Lot 25 Maraval Road, St . Clair

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Private

Public Accessibility: Restricted Access

Listing Status: Stage 8 – Listing Completed & Heritage Site Protected Under the Act

Cultural Community: French

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses

  • Ambard's House (1)

    Ambard's House (1)

  • Ambard's House (2)

    Ambard's House (2)

  • Ambard's House (3)

    Ambard's House (3)

  • Ambard's House (4)

    Ambard's House (4)

  • Ambard's House (5)

    Ambard's House (5)

  • Ambard's House (6)

    Ambard's House (6)

  • Ambard's House (7)

    Ambard's House (7)

  • Ambard's House (8)

    Ambard's House (8)

  • Ambard's House (9)

    Ambard's House (9)

  • Ambard's House (10)

    Ambard's House (10)

  • Ambard's House (11)

    Ambard's House (11)

  • Ambard's House (12) copy

    Ambard's House (12) copy

  • Ambard's House (13)

    Ambard's House (13)

  • Ambard's House 4 (Roomor) Lawrence Waldron  0715

    Ambard's House 4 (Roomor) Lawrence Waldron 0715

  • Ambard's House 5 (Roomor) Lawrence Waldron  0715

    Ambard's House 5 (Roomor) Lawrence Waldron 0715

  • Roomor by Melony Mejias

    Roomor by Melony Mejias

Address:

Lot 25 Maraval Road, St . Clair, Port of Spain