French Guiana Prefecture Building

French Guiana Prefecture Building
Hôtel de préfecture de la Guyane
French Guiana Prefecture Building is located in French Guiana
French Guiana Prefecture Building
Location within French Guiana
General information
Town or cityCayenne
CountryFrench Guiana
Coordinates4°56′26″N 52°20′09″W / 4.94047°N 52.33571°W / 4.94047; -52.33571Coordinates: 4°56′26″N 52°20′09″W / 4.94047°N 52.33571°W / 4.94047; -52.33571
Completed1729 (original)
1925 (current)[1]
ClientPrefecture of French Guiana
Ministry of Armed Forces

The French Guiana Prefecture Building (French: Hôtel de préfecture de la Guyane) is the seat of the Prefect of French Guiana. It is located in Cayenne, French Guiana, France. It was originally built as a monastery of the Jesuits. In 1762, it became the headquarters of the Colonial Government. Since 1946, it is used by the prefecture. In 1978, it became a monument historique (historic monument).[1]


In 1679, the Society of Jesus received permission to built a simple wooden house at site. In 1729, the building was replaced by a brick U-shaped structure and served as a monastery,[2] and mission for the conversion of slaves and Amerindians.[3]

In 1762, the Jesuits were expelled from the colony, and the Colonial Government moved into the building. In 1787, the building was renovated. In 1801, Victor Hugues took residence in the building,[1] and the first floor became the seat of the Governors of French Guiana.[3] In 1925, the building was reconstructed and a gallery with 13 coloumns was added to the front of the building.[2]

From 1946 to 1982, the building was used by the Prefecture of French Guiana. In 1984, the Ministry of Armed Forces was relocated to the ground floor and the remainder of the building was renovated. Since 1985, the first floor is home to the seat of the Prefect of French Guiana.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Demeure dite hôtel des Jésuites, puis du gouvernement, actuellement préfecture". Ministry of Culture (in French). Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Venez visiter votre préfecture !". Blada (in French). Retrieved 4 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b "HÔTEL DE PRÉFECTURE DE LA GUYANE". Petit Futé (in French). Retrieved 4 May 2021.

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