Art & Design

Trinidad & Tobago: Save the Boissiere House!

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The historic house at 12 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, known to many simply as “The Gingerbread House”, is in danger of demolition.

Built in 1904 and designed by the architect Edward Bowen, the house has been in the Boissiere family for 104 years. It is now being offered for sale, and is in grave danger of being bought by a property developer who will demolish it to build an office block.

The Boissiere House is a prime example of the late Victorian creole “gingerbread” architecture that was once characteristic of Port of Spain. It is a landmark known to hundreds of thousands, and a national architectural treasure.

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