Stollmeyer’s Castle is an historic house located at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. Also called Killarney, the building was constructed between 1902 and 1904 by Scotsman Robert Gillies, and was inspired by Balmoral Castle in Scotland. It was one of the first houses to be built in St Clair on government farm stock lands. Killarney is one of Trinidad’s Magnificent Seven: distinctive privately built homes on Queens Park West that have come to define the architectural heritage of Port of Spain in the minds of citizens.
During World War II Killarney was occupied by U.S. Forces that, due to its fortress like qualities, referred to it as the Castle. It has since been known as Stollmeyer’s Castle. The property was acquired by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in 1979 and was used to house the Office of the Prime Minister until 2007.
Stollmeyer’s Castle is a key feature of Port of Spain’s architectural legacy. Its unique design, unrivalled in all of Trinidad and Tobago, is a source of tremendous pride to observant nationals and a centre piece of historical tourism in the capital city. UDeCOTT was entrusted with the restorative and refurbishment works and ensuring compatibility and adherence to historical restoration designs and technical specifications of approved and acceptable standards and quality so that future generations of nationals have the opportunity to experience the standing history that is Stollmeyer’s Castle.
The Castle was handed over to The Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts in May 2018.