Gordon House is a two-storey contemporary building with a distinct symmetrical design at its entrance elevation. The building is of an ‘L’ shaped design with an open courtyard for parking concealed from the adjoining roads. On 26 October 1960 it became the official meeting place of the Jamaican Government replacing Headquarters House, which had been the meeting place of the Government since 1872. The building was named in honour of George William Gordon (1815-65), one of the country’s national heroes who supported freedom and justice for all classes in society. This helped to pave the way for much of the advances in self-government and democracy in Jamaica in the twentieth century.
The legislature has a single chamber, where the House of Representatives and the Senate meet at different times – the former at 2pm on Tuesdays (and sometimes, during pressing business, on Wednesday at the same hour), and the latter at 11am on Fridays.
A new parliament building is proposed to be built in the National Heroes Park, just north of Gordon House.
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