The Red House on Fire, Port of Spain : 23 March 1903




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Exterior view of the Red House government building on fire. The building is located in Port of Spain, Trinidad. "On March 23, 1903, the Red House went up in flames in the most famous fire ever lit in Port-of-Spain. An angry crowd was protesting against an increase in water rates that was being debated in the Legislative Council’s chamber. The Riot Act was read, 16 people were killed, and in the confusion the Red House went up in flames. After the fire, the design was reworked by public draughtsman Daniel Hahn." (Trinidad Guardian Sunday, February 17, 2013).


Colour: Black and White; Style: Landscape; Other: Bordered, Undivided
Funding for this project has been provided by Mrs. Irma E. Goldstraw.

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Trinidad and Tobago, Postcards, Cities and towns--Trinidad and Tobago--Port of Spain, Public buildings--Trinidad and Tobago, Riots--Trinidad and Tobago, 1903, Buildings--Trinidad and Tobago, Historic buildings--Trinidad and Tobago, Architecture--Trinidad and Tobago, Fires--Trinidad and Tobago, Offenses against property--Trinidad and Tobago, Smoke--Trinidad and Tobago, Fences--Trinidad and Tobago