Government House (Saint Kitts and Nevis)

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Government House
Government House, Basseterre.jpg
Alternative namesSpringfield House
General information
TypeOfficial residence
LocationBasseterre, Saint Kitts
CountrySaint Kitts and Nevis
Current tenantsGovernor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Construction started1833
Completed1834
OwnerGovernment of Saint Kitts and Nevis
Technical details
Floor count3
Website
Official site

Government House, also known as Springfield House, is the official residence of the Governor-General of Saint Kitts and Nevis, current Sir Tapley Seaton.

History[edit]

In 1837, Sir Henry Blake sold the twenty-five acre lot to Thomas Harper who renamed it Springfield and built a house on it. Because the latter ran into debt, the property passed into the hands of Robert Sharry Harper trustee under the marriage settlement of Mary Sharry Harper née Amory. When the Archdeaconry of St Kitts was created as a consequence of the establishment of the Diocese of Antigua in 1842 it was felt that the rector of St George should be accommodated in a style more suitable for his new position of Archdeacon. In keeping with this ambition Francis Robert Brathwaite, the first Archdeacon, bought Springfield from the Harpers in September 1848.[1] In 1855 Springfield house was conveyed in trust among other things for such public uses and purposes as from time to time should by the Governor, Privy council and Assembly be declared and appointed. After repairs it was appointed as residence for then Rector the Venerable Archdeacon Jermyn in 1856. The property served as the residence of successive Rectors until disestablishment in 1874.

In 1946, after much repair, Sir Frederick Albert Phillip, the then Governor moved into the Springfield House.

Today, the Springfield House commonly known as the Government House of St. Kitts & Nevis is the Official Residence of the Governor General of The Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Government House". Basseterre Past & Present. St Kitts National Archives. Retrieved 28 December 2012.