30.2 ST. JAMES NORTH

St. James is a district of Port of SpainTrinidad and Tobago. The main road is the Western Main Road and it runs from Woodbrook to Cocorite. St. James is also known for its diverse mixture of cultural activities.

Port of Spain’s last major municipal expansion occurred in 1938, when the St. James district north of Woodbrook and west of St. Clair was incorporated into the city limits. In the late 19th century, Indian indentured labourers on nearby sugar estates established houses here, and St. James gradually became the centre of Port of Spain’s Indian population, with many streets named after cities and districts in IndiaWestern Main Road, the area’s major thoroughfare, has long been the city’s main nightlife district, sometimes nicknamed “the city that never sleeps”.

Long Circular Road, which curves north from Western Main Road then east to meet Maraval Road, forms part of the city boundary. Its “circle” encloses Flagstaff Hill, a small rise with the US ambassador’s residence at its summit, which lends its name to an area of apartment buildings at its southern foot.

Today St. James has been transformed from a quiet suburb into a blend of residential and commercial activity with supporting services that now include hospital facilities, shopping malls, churches, mosques and schools. In short St. James is a coherent community. Regrettably some of its stock of heritage buildings have either fallen into disrepair or been demolished with only a few well-designed modern buildings: our aim is to record the surviving heritage buildings.

5 Sankar

12 Jerry

13 Jerry

14 Angelina

14 Bengal

14 Delhi

15 Long Circular

17 Long Circular

19 Long Circular

19 Mooneram

19 Western Main

22 Delhi

24 Western Main

32 Agra

34 Church

39 Long Circular

41 Bengal

St. James Hospital

St. James Hospital