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St Vincent Around St. Vincent Kingstown

Kingstown's Historic Buildings

Kingstown has many buildings dating back to the 19th century. A walk through our City of Arches is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption presbytery and school is a combination of interesting architectural styles dating back to the 1800s. A steeple and sanctuary were added in 1877. During this century massive renovations undertaken by a Benedictine monk resulted in the present eclectic architectural style.

St George's Cathedral

The nearby St George’s Anglican Cathedral, also built in the 1800s has impressive stained glass windows. St. George’s Cathedral was dedicated in 1820, financed in part from the sale of lands taken from the Caribs. The nave, the lower stages of the tower and the galleried interior are of the Georgian period. The two Victorians transcepts were added between 1880 and 1887. Ironically, under the chandelier is a large stone slab memorializing Major Leith, who allegedly duped and killed Carib Paramount Chief Chatoyer in 1795.

Located a little further along Grenville Street is the very pretty Kingstown Methodist Church.

In 1790 the Methodist missionaries purchased an old Roman Catholic Church and the congregation of many freed slaves helped to build the Methodist Church that stands there today. The church was dedicated in 1841. The belfry, a more recent addition, was erected in 1907.

Opposite the post office on Halifax St. is the old library which was which was built in 1909 through a donation of £2000 by the famous American philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. The lovely Carnegie Building is now shared by the St Vincent National Trust and the Alliance Française, and was declared a protected National Heritage Site with effect from February 4th 2009. The new library has moved to Lower Long Lane.

Other heritage buildings in Kingstown are the Court House, Kingstown Police Headquarters and the Peace Memorial Hall.