The building which housed Barclays Bank's Belize headquarters has been around for some time. This picture was taken in 1958
This building was built in the early 1950's. About the same era as Fort George Hotel - now Radisson Fort George - It was built on a pile foundation. The piles were driven down to about 160 feet to find rock. I'm not sure they actually found rock. This is the original lane between the park and then Royal Bank of Canada now Belize Bank.
Looks like a 1956 Ford Crestline. She's a gorgeous pink beauty.
Many parties here, especially at Christmas time... used to house Immigration Department. The upstairs was used as hurricane shelter in 1961. Barclays Bank District, Colonial & Overseas! Then it became International Ltd & then PLC. Much later FCIB (First Caribbean) & houses Heritage Bank!
Once upon a time when you could park downtown without being a taxi driver.
Don Juventino H Cruz: This is where we sheltered during Hurricane Hattie. I also had a college friend named Trevor Graham whose parents lived in the penthouse. I think his dad was a judge.
Photograph by Noel Escalante
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