Stollmeyer’s Castle is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – a row of Trinidad’s most historically important and architecturally beautiful heritage buildings. The practice was appointed in 2014 to review and redesign the recent work of a previous Architect, which caused harmful interventions to the existing building. The intention of the project is to revise the existing internal layouts to allow the sensitive integration of modern amenities, so that the mansion can be used to house visiting dignitaries. A new lift tower was inserted to allow access for all, without detracting from the qualities of the existing building which make it so special. Generally, reversible changes to the internal layout to allow en-suite bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and suitable multi-use spaces, have been carried out. Repairs to the historic fabric, including roof surfaces, joinery, ashlar work and rain water goods form part of the work proposed in the future.
The practice carefully balanced the roles of Conservation Architect and Design Architect, through the production of an in-depth condition survey, which informed the design of sensitive interventions by the same team of designers.
Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd