Point of Interest

Jamaica National Heritage Trust

Jamaica / Americas

The brick-and-timber house was originally known as Hibbert House, named after Thomas Hibbert, reportedly one of four members of the House of Assembly who in 1755 engaged in a bet to build the finest house and thereby win the attention of a much-sought-after beauty (he lost the bet). In 1872, when the capital was moved from Spanish Town to Kingston, the house became the seat of the Jamaican legislature and remained so until 1960, when Gordon House was built next door.

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