Knowsley Building

 

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.

Knowsley occupies a city block facing Port of Spain’s Queen’s Park Savannah and bounded by Chancery Lane, Dundonald Street and Albion Lane. The building was designed and built in 1904 by Taylor and Gillies for William Gordon as his residence. It is composed of imported yellow bricks and hand hewn local limestone. The marble on the veranda which surrounds the ground floor was imported from Italy and the wood for the magnificent staircase is purple heart from Guyana. The ceilings to the ground floor are plaster of Paris with gesso work executed by an Italian craftsman.

In June 1956, Kowsley was purchased by the government of Trinidad and Tobago for use as offices for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Property of interest located in the City of Port of Spain and bounded on the north by Queen’s Park West, on the south by Albion Lane, on the east by Chancery Land and on the west by Dundonald Street.

 

Address: 1 Queen’s Park West

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Public

Public Accessibility: Restricted 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

Cultural Community: British

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses

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    Knowsley Chandelier_J.McCawley

  • Knowsley Corner detail Juliette Mcawly

    Knowsley Corner detail Juliette Mcawly

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    Knowsley Etched glass door Juliette Mcawly

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    Knowsley Etched glass int_J.McCawley

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    Knowsley Interior Steps_J.McCawley

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    Knowsley Living room_J.McCawley

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    Knowsley Sconce detail Juliette Mcawly

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    Garlene Hicks – Knowsley Building

Address:

1 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain