Boissière House


This site is on the Heritage Asset Inventory 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.

26 Queen’s Park West is better known as “The Gingerbread House”or the residence of the Boissière family. The house was designed and built in 1904 by the architect Edward Bowen, a personal friend of the owner, C.E.H Boissière. The ceilings in the sitting and dining rooms are of gesso work, executed by the same Italian craftsman who did the ceilings for Killarney and the council of the Chamber of the Red House. The stained-glass windows, with their meandering strawberry vines in the little study with its pagoda roof, filter the morning sun and cast a soft light into the room. The floor tiles of the study and veranda were imported from England and the large single slab marble steps to the entrance were imported from Italy. The house is one of the most photographed in Port of Spain.


Property of interest located on a parcel of land situated in the City of Port of Spain, bounded on the north by No. 13, Queen’s Park West (All Saints’ Anglican Church), on the south by No. 11,  Queen’s Park West,  on the east by Queen’s Park West and on the west by Nos. 92-94, Woodford Street.


Other Known Name: Gingerbread House

Address: 12 Queen’s Park West

Town/City: Port of Spain

Region: Port of Spain

Site Type: Cultural Heritage

Ownership: Private

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: French

Site Features: Residences & Great Houses



12 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain