Unveiling of Mini-Museum “Jaekel House” at Railway Compound

Unveiling of Mini-Museum “Jaekel House” at Railway Compound

Farafina is proud to support the Legacy project to restore Jaekel House in the Railway Compound located in Ebutte Metta.  Many of us have driven past or even inside the Railway Compound only to marvel and wistfully imagine the glory of this wonderful area of Lagos.  Railway compound is easily the closest to the tranquility and greenery of Southwest Ikoyi and still has many houses in the same colonial style.

Restoration of Jaekel House

However, unlike Ikoyi, Railway has been largely abandoned in the past few years and many of its structure have been left to rot.  Legacy decided to take one of the largest properties on the grounds and renovate it beautifully to it’s past glory.  The group will be turning Jaekel House into its headquarters and a Mini-Museum of the rich history of the railway grounds.


You are cordially invited to the


The Iconic historic building restoration work


Mini railway museum and Nigeria in transition photographic exhibition, with a short lecture by Prof John Godwin OFR. OBE.

At 17 Federal Road, Railway Compound, Ebute Metta, on Sat15th May, at 10am

Jaekel house, an over 100 years old example of classic colonial architecture, that once housed the MD of the Railway corporation, has been painstakingly restored by Professor of Architecture John Godwin. You will be able to have a glimpse into the colonial past of Nigeria as you tread the large verandas of this fine structure, with its myriad of windows and louvers, and take in the wonderful photographic exhibitions of “Nigeria in transition” and “The colonial railways”. Prof Godwin shall be there to eloquently elucidate. The railway compound itself is an oasis of tranquillity in the hustle and bustle of the mega city and is only a 15 minute go slow free journey to and from Ikoyi / VI at this time of day. It will certainly be a memorable morning well spent.

3 Responses

  1. May i thank everyone especially john godwin for the superb work on jaekel house.My late father patrick jaekel would be very pleased with all the excellent work done on this project to take people back to what was once a great railway in a wonderfull country and a country that he loved so much and its people.Many thanks………

    1. Thanks Roderick for stopping by. We agree with you completely on the awesome work that’s being done on the Jaekel House and will continue to support for as long as we can. The Railway system was indeed a great one for such a time and for such a place. Many more people need to know its history.

    2. Would you know what happened to the Chief Enginees house? My family (Blanchfield) was there in the mid 1950s for several years.

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