Many years ago I missed the photo-walk that Nikhil, Naseem and André took around Georgetown. They had termed it the Georgetown Safari, and they covered much of Georgetown over two days. I have always meant to try to cover as much of historical Georgetown as I could, but never seem to get a good start on it.
I was on my way to work, and driving past the Red House when I noticed the sky beyond it and thought this was as good an opportunity as any to take the photo I wanted of this building, the point of view is not unusual, there are dozens from this vantage point, but I like to think I did the scene some justice.
It is a single exposure, but I did some tone-mapping to draw out some detail from the scene, and I cloned out a short piece of electrical wire that sneaked into the frame in the upper corner.
Canon 60D | Sigma 10-20mm | 14mm, 1/125s, f/5 | Nik HDR Efex Pro
Click on the image to see it in the Gallery along with other images from around Georgetown, Guyana.
I always figured that the building got it’s name because it was red, but never knew that it was because it was covered with Red Wallaba Shingles. It dates back to the days of Colonial Rule, and records indicate that the “Colony of British Guiana” acquired it in 1925, from then until 1953 it served as the place of residence for many Colonial Secretaries.
During his stint as Premier of British Guiana, from 1961 to 1964, Dr. Cheddi Jagan also used it as his Official Residence. Under subsequent leaders, it was utilized for various government offices. In 1999, two years after Dr. Cheddi Jagan’s death, while serving as the fourth President of Guyana, the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre was established in the building (a purpose it still serves to this day)
It is apparently also referred to as Kamana Court, a name I had not heard until today, and for which I can find no more information
5 thoughts on “The Red House”
Great shot timing is so important
Thanks Ken, it’s why I can’t be the landscape photographer I would like to be… don’t have the time to sit and wait for everything to be just right 🙂
this is such a great shot Mike and the history is as important, can you take one of the prime minister’s residence
Thanks Nadia, I’ll try, but the guards around the President’s and the Prime Minister’s residences don’t take kindly to people with cameras 😀
That is an interesting bit of information about Red House. Can’t say that I’ve ever been curious about the name, but it is good to know.