Tailor Cole House

Tailor Cole House, an historic Lagos building also called Benjamin House, is located at the intersection of Alhaji William Street and Breadfruit Street, and has combined Brazilian and Sierra Leonean architecture. Late Benjamin built it. A Brazilian craft man carried out the construction work. Tailor Cole bought the house from late Benjamin and ownership was again transferred to Lawyer F. O. Giwa, the present owner. The house was originally called “Alafia house”, when late Benjamin was still alive but people now refer to it as Tailor Cole house. Some minor alteration was carried out in the house in 1978. This affected the widows on the ground floor. Many of the decorations are still intact.

Tope Apoola
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