This site on 22 Sweet Briar Road was built in 1908 by Henry Jeffers (at the time an established lawyer and three term member of the Port of Spain City Council) and was the Jeffers family home. His daughter Audrey Jeffers (born 1898) was the first Afro-Trinidadian woman to be elected as part of the Port of Spain City Council. She obtained her diploma in Social Sciences at Alexander College, North London and founded the Union of Students of African Descent (later became the League of Coloured Students).
After returning to Trinidad in 1920 from London, she used her family home to start a Junior School. A year later, she established the Coterie of Social Workers of Trinidad and Tobago – an organization that started off giving free lunches to underprivileged children, and went on to building homes for the blind, elderly and homeless.
Property of interest located on a parcel of land situated in St. Clair, City of Port of Spain, bounded on the north by No. 19, St. Clair Avenue, on the south Sweet Briar Road, on the east by Elizabeth Street and on the west by No. 20, Sweet Briar Road.
Other Known Name: Briarend House
Address: 22 Sweet Briar Road
Town/City: St Clair
Region: Port of Spain
Site Type: Cultural Heritage
Public Accessibility: Restricted Access
Grade: Grade 2 – Property in which material change may be permitted, provided that similarity is maintained in all respects as it origined composition, shape and form.
Cultural Community: African
Site Features: Residences & Great Houses
22 Sweet Briar Road, St Clair, Port of Spain