City Hall’s chandelier craftsman honoured

  • Shining light: a plaque to commemorate master carpenter George Trott, who carved the impressive City Hall chandeliers, was unveiled yesterday, with family members Dorothy Trott, Philip Trott, Elizabeth Trott and George Trott Jr in attendance (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Shining light: a plaque to commemorate master carpenter George Trott, who carved the impressive City Hall chandeliers, was unveiled yesterday, with family members Dorothy Trott, Philip Trott, Elizabeth Trott and George Trott Jr in attendance (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


A plaque to honour the craftsman who created two massive chandeliers for the foyer of Hamilton’s City Hall was unveiled yesterday.

The late George Trott carved the two wooden chandeliers, which weigh in at 500lb each, in 1959 at his carpentry shop in North Village.

Mr Trott’s family, including his son, George Jr, attended the ceremony, part of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the building, which opened in February 1960.

George Jr, 72, a computer technician and craftsman, said: “It took us about three months to make it. Everybody in the shop worked on it — my whole family worked on it. It was a big project.”

He added that he had carved one of the chandeliers’ decorative tassels when his father brought work home from the shop.

Philip Trott, grandson of George Trott and a graphic designer and teacher, said: “I don’t know how to explain how proud I am of my grandfather and his work.

“Every time we walked in here, my parents made sure that I know. It’s really great to let the rest of Bermuda know.”

He added: “It’s especially meaningful right now, as I am going to be a father in two months — I can bring my son in to see what his great-grandfather has done.

“It’s going to mean a lot to me and my family.”

Charles Gosling, the Mayor of Hamilton, said: “These two chandeliers, everybody asks about them.

“I could have sworn these were made of marble or stone, but it is carved wood.

“It was Mr Trott, a wonderful craftsman, who built these.”

Mr Gosling added: “They really take your breath away. It’s a wonderful example of what a true Bermudian craftsman can do.”

The chandeliers, which can be operated by a pulley system, were designed by William Harrington, carved from Canadian pine and cost £690 (about $900).

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Published Feb 6, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated Feb 6, 2020 at 6:46 am)

City Hall’s chandelier craftsman honoured

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