National Trust of Guyana

Red House (Kamana Court)

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Red House, another 19th-century relict of colonial Georgetown, is located at 65-67 High Street, Kingston, Georgetown. The building was also called ‘Kamana Court’ and, more recently, the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre (CJRC) which is currently housed at the location.  Some significant features of this three-storied timber – mainly pitch pine -building include its cladding of red wallaba shingles, tower, balconies and Demerara windows. 

During the colonial era, this structure was the official residence of the British Colonial Secretaries, many of whom would have acted as Governors of British Guiana. In the 1940s the structure was vested to the Colonial Development & Welfare Division. Shortly

thereafter, it was occupied by Mr. Eustace Woolford, a former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. In the early 1960s, as the struggle for independence intensified, ‘Red House’ was viewed as the building in which the late President Cheddi Jagan resided. In later years it was used by the Department of External Affairs and subsequently as a Training Division of the Public Service. After many years of neglect, the structure was restored through a grant provided by Barama Company Limited. In 2001, this magnificent

timber structure was officially designated a National Monument by the National Trust of Guyana and subsequently in March 2002, opened as the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre. The Centre houses the works of the late President Dr Cheddi Jagan. Also, there is a photographic exhibition depicting the life and times of the former leader as well as numerous gifts and items he received in his illustrious career. Of special interest is the recreation of Dr Jagan’s study, the office in which many of his works were written