Government House

Location: 17°44’46.41″N 64°42’13.26″W


This large three-story masonry structure occupies one-quarter of a full town block and served as the residence of the Governor and offices of the colonial government during most of the Danish era. The three story, highly decorated Baroque center section was constructed as a private residence in 1747. Flanking wings were added to this part c. 1800. A 1794-97 private residence along Queen’s Cross Street was joined to the rest of Government House in 1830, at which time the monumental staircase was added to the eastern section. Much of the first floor of the central portion is arcaded while the upper stories are divided by heavy belt courses supported by a series of engaged pilasters with bases and capital bands. The entire building is surrounded by a molded cornice below a low stepped parapet wall with a shallow pediment over the center entrance. (National Register)

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