King's House, Jamaica
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|Location||St. Andrew, Jamaica|
|Current tenants||Governor-General of Jamaica|
|Owner||Government of Jamaica|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Sir Charles Nicholson|
By the year 1690, the first official residence in Jamaica (for use by the Governors of Jamaica) was in Port Royal. Another was constructed in Spanish Town in 1762. When Kingston became the capital of Jamaica in 1872, a new official residence (called King's House) was constructed at the former home of the Anglican Lord Bishop of the Diocese of Jamaica. This house was destroyed by an earthquake in 1907.
Soon after, Sir Charles Nicholson, a British architect supervised the rebuilding and restoration of King's House. Despite a major fire in 1908, the present King’s House is structurally similar to the reconstruction of 1907.
Today, King's House is still used as the office of the Governor-General of Jamaica. It is also the venue for state and ceremonial functions, including the swearing in of Ministers of Government and Judges of the High Court.