Built in 1855 for the Chief Medical Examiner Dr. James Henry Brooks, and later acquired by the Eastern Telegraphic Company to house their engineers, this mesmerising piece of historical architecture was declared a National Monument in 1984.
In the years that followed, the house has stood proud in the heart of Victoria, though years of wear and tear and being weather-beaten finally took a toll.
In 2018, Gran Kaz acquired a lease on this monument and alongside the owners of the building – Cable and Wireless Seychelles – embarked on a project to restore the building to its “former glory”.
It now stands open to visitors as a public art gallery- a donation of sorts to the city of Victoria by Gran Kaz, a custodian of arts and culture in Seychelles- a place where local Seychellois artists can showcase some of their most extraordinary works.
It also houses the first ever “Coco de Mer Wall” in Seychelles – set up in collaboration with the Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF) – dedicated to providing information about this most intriguing endemic nut and raising awareness about the work undertaken by the SIF for its protection and propagation. A popular attraction for tourists and locals alike, the Coco de Mer wall has rapidly become a sought after selfie spot.