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The Union Club located on Marine Square (now Independence Square) was designed by the Scottish Architect George Brown. This was meeting place for local businessmen. The building was demolished in 1999 to make way for the Nicholas Towers. (Anthony 2008) Printed at the back is an advertisement for the Bonanza department, which at one time was a leading department store located in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Joel Julien

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After 150 years in existence the Trinidad Union Club is now set to be dissolved.

The Club has announced that it will be dissolved next Wednesday.

This moves comes after a decision taken by the Club’s members at their annual general meeting held in July.

The Trinidad Union Club has been in existence since 1870.

“It was the premier Club of the business community located in the heart of Port-of-Spain,” a release from the Club stated.

“From 1886 until Independence the Presidents of the Club have been the Governors of Trinidad and Tobago,”it stated.

“However, as businesses moved from downtown and other organizations were formed to represent the business community the Club declined. As such the decision to close the Club was made,” it stated.

Information from the University of the West Indies states that Club located on Marine Square (now Independence Square) and was designed by the Scottish Architect George Brown.

The building was demolished in 1999 to make way for the Nicholas Towers.

The Club was still facilitated at Nicholas Towers before it relocated to the first floor at The Carlton Savannah Hotel.

It then relocated to Kapok Hotel.

According to the its Facebook page membership for the Trinidad Union Club was open to all business people and professionals.

“The clubs mission is to provide a relaxing yet business like environment to facilitate its member’s business activities and provide networking opportunities between members. It aims to be the first place it’s members think of going when they need to entertain customers and colleagues, when they need a space to conduct a meeting or a seminar, when they need a convenient base to work from for the day, or when they just need an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Port of Spain,” it stated.

” As Trinidad Union Club caters to business people and professionals, its membership includes a high proportion of Trinidad’s business elite, and is not trying to emulate a standard bar or restaurant. As a result of this focus, some misunderstanding about the club have arisen over its history. Trinidad Union Club is not a closed or secret organisation, it is not a male only club, and it is also not a charity organisation,” it stated.