For those of you more into pics than words, here you go: (again remember to clic on the photo to enlarge them)
The house I live in on the 2nd floor, nice balcony eh!
I present to you a series of mainly wooden chattel houses. I had never heard the word chattel before and had to know what this was all about.
From www.barbados.org, “The Chattel House was originally the design of the plantation workers home. They were modest wooden buildings set on blocks so that they could be easily moved from one leaseholding to another. In early settlement days, home owners were not necessarily landowners, but part of a tenantry system of the plantations. The houses were constructed to be transportable in the event of landlord and tenant disputes. The name chattel referred to the fact that they were movable property.
The steep gable roof, constructed of corrugated iron, were adapted to suit the climate of heavy rains and winds. The angle of the roof deflects the wind rather than providing a platform for it to lift off. The fretwork around the windows and openings were placed there to provide shade and to act as a filter against the rain. Over the years fretwork has became an attractive architectural feature in its own right.”
And of course you can go to wikipedia as well.
The other key piece of information is that there would have been originally one small house. As the family expanded, additions were built onto the backside and so you can often see two or three deep ‘mini’ homes which were in effect additional rooms. I have yet to see 4 deep but I’m sure they exist. I am wondering if this took place post-plantation times. Hmm… more research to be done.
You will notice in the above pic of my rental place, it is not painted. I have since learned that the house is then considered not finished and thus pays less taxes. A tax loophole?
The following pics are presented in the sequence that I encounter them on my walk:
In more modern times, the wooden structures have been replaced in adobe or cement with brick, and 2nd floors have been added, usually as funds become available in the family.
The original house gone but additions still exist:
No home left but the outside front steps:
Over the top xmas decorated home:
More modest decorations:
A water channel to carry away the heavy rains:
Closeups of side of house and wooden shutters:
A small store front, converted front room of the home usually:
I live in the UNESCO designated heritage site, the Garrison Historic Area:
The Barbados flag at the Garrison horse racetrack:
Historic albeit in need of some TLC government buildings:
An older 2 story home with balcony, closeup of signage:
A more modern two story balcony:
An almost flat roof home – don’t know how well it withstands rain & wind:
A lovely garden in a modest home:
“White” cactus plant. I have only seen the green versions:
A lovely flowering tree, gorgeous colour:
And there you have it. I do love the neighbourhood I live in since there is such a mix of socio-economic statuses. As a work colleague said, “not so snooty”. Some of you may be wondering where are the ‘nicer’ homes. Well I am far more intrigued by, and drawn to, the more original looking homes, house styles I have not seen before. The ‘wealthier’ homes of adobe/cement are common in various parts of the world from my experience, many painted with pastel colours, and this is not really my thing. Now the adobe structures of New Mex & Southern U.S. well that is another matter – I just love those.
More pics to come another time.