Guyana (from 1831, former British Guiana) became independent within the Commonwealth in 1966.
The residence, at 52/53 Main Street, was bought in 1962 for about £29,000. It is a large, mainly timber, white painted, spacious, typical Georgetown family house, built in about [?]1890. It was extensively renovated in the years after its acquisition in readiness to become the high commissioner’s residence, and again in the 1980s. The house is listed by the National Trust of Guyana as of national importance. It was sold in [? around the turn of the millennium, ? to whom, and ?what now] and a more economical residence was bought in Bel Air Gardens.
The offices, at 44 Main Street and across the road from the former residence, were bought in the early 1960s for £17,000 and extended in 1973. It is a half-timber, half-concrete building that was renovated and altered in 1984.