History of the Deanery

The Deanery, perhaps the oldest residence in The Bahamas, is believed to have been built about 1710. It was acquired by the Anglican Church in 1800. The house has three storeys and is built of stone with chamfered quoins. Verandas of three tiers were originally carried around the east, west, and north sides; the north side faces the sea. Originally there were three rooms in each of the two lower storeys and four in the third storey.

Some renovations have taken place over the years, but the basic structure of the house remains unchanged. The kitchen with its fireplace and domed brick oven originally occupied a separate building, which still stands. At the north end of the outhouse, which was known as the slaves quarters, there are loopholes in lieu of windows in its western and northern walls. (Information courtesy of the Department of Archives.)

“The Deanery” (1979), Alton Lowe, oil on masonite, 20 x 26 inches. Part of the National Collection at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.