Whitehall (Rosenweg)

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One of the Magnificent Seven, White Hall, originally called Rosenweg, the largest of the private homes on Maraval Road, was built in 1904 by Joseph Leon Agostini, a cocoa planter. Construction commenced in 1904 in accordance with Mr. Agostini’s own design, influenced by a Moorish Mediterranean style and reminiscent of the architecture of Corsica from where the Agostini family originated. Construction took three years.

After J.L Agostini’s death in 1906 his family remained in residence until 1910. Unable to meet mortgage payments, the mortgagee, William Gordon Grant, foreclosed. The property was then sold to Mr. Robert Henderson, and American businessman from Venezuela. During his ownership, a delightful variety in the furnishings of the interior was added to the refined dignity of the exterior. The Henderson family renamed it White Hall after the coral stone from which it as built.

During the Second World War, with the arrival of the United States Forces to Trinidad, White Hall was commandeered from the Seigert family, heirs of Robert Henderson, as headquarters of the Air Raid Precaution. In 1944, the British Council rented the building as a cultural centre. Later, the Trinidad Central Library, Regional library, National Archives, Government Broadcasting Unit, Trinidad Art Society and the Cellar Club all rented or occupied space in the building. From 1949, the building remained empty until 1954, when it was purchased by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

In 1957 Whitehall was occupied by the Pre-Federal Interim Government prior to the establishment of the West Indies Federation in 1958. In 1963, it became the Office of the Prime Minister occupied by the Hon. Dr. Eric Williams, Trinidad and Tobago’s first Prime Minister after Independence. Restored in 2000, Whitehall continued to be occupied by the Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago until 2009.

Other Known Name: Rosenwek

Address: Whitehall – Lot 29 Maraval Road, St. Clair

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Public

Public Accessibility: Limited Access

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

Cultural Community: Italian

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses

  • Whitehall

    Whitehall

  • White Hall Gesso work ceiling  Juliette Mcawly

    White Hall Gesso work ceiling Juliette Mcawly

  • White Hall Int Doorway Juliette Mcawly

    White Hall Int Doorway Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Chandelier detail Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Chandelier detail Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Chandelier_J.McCawley

    Whitehall Chandelier_J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Ext Back Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext Back Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Ext Balcony 2 _J.McCawley

    Whitehall Ext Balcony 2 _J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Ext Balcony 2 Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext Balcony 2 Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Ext Detail Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext Detail Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Ext From inside garden Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext From inside garden Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Ext Front Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext Front Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Ext Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Ext Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Front Door Int_J.McCawley

    Whitehall Front Door Int_J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Front Door Wide Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Front Door Wide Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Front Statue Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Front Statue Juliette Mcawly

  • WhiteHall Int 1 Juliette Mcawly

    WhiteHall Int 1 Juliette Mcawly

  • WhiteHall Int Ceiling _J.McCawley

    WhiteHall Int Ceiling _J.McCawley

  • Whitehall int detail  Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall int detail Juliette Mcawly

  • WhiteHall Int detail roof_J.McCawley

    WhiteHall Int detail roof_J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Int Detail_J.McCawley

    Whitehall Int Detail_J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Int Upstairs_J.McCawley

    Whitehall Int Upstairs_J.McCawley

  • Whitehall Living room Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Living room Juliette Mcawly

  • Whitehall Statue Juliette Mcawly

    Whitehall Statue Juliette Mcawly

Address:

Lot 29 Maraval Road, St. Clair, Port of Spain