Here's a piece of history that is dear to me: This building, currently occupied by CFC Stanbic, used to be a hotel and Torr was its name. Some sources say it was Nairobi’s first brick building, put up by Ewart Scott Grogan.
My grandfather was employed by Grogan as a labourer during its construction. So good was he at his job that he got hired as a waiter when Torr Hotel opened its doors. One day, when faithfully executing his duties, a white man called him 'Boy'. He became livid, protesting at the disrespect he had been shown and quit his job. The management begged and pleaded with him to stay. Not even an apology from his insulter would do. He moved to Molo where he became head waiter at Highlands Hotel.
In 1956, Torr Hotel became Ottoman Bank, which was nationalised in 1972 and named Grindlays. On 19th June 1974, my mum joined Grindlays Bank as a clerk, working in the same building her dad had helped construct.
Stanbic Bank took over Grindlays in 1992, three years after my mum resigned from the bank.
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