29 x 25 cm (11.5 x 9.75 in)
Published in the UK September 2017
Published in the US September 2017
City of Wooden Houses: Georgetown, Guyana
Georgetown, the capital of Guyana, on the northeast coast of South America, has been described as 'the Venice of the West Indies', and its elegant canals and bridges, lush tropical vegetation and handsome buildings make it a place of great beauty. The city's architecture is essentially colonial, having been moulded by the French, Dutch, British and Spanish during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This book documents these buildings, realized largely in wood rather than the more durable brick and stone, some of which have disappeared since they were photographed. Compton Davis begins by givng a brief history of Georgetown itself, describing the influences that resulted in its charming and characteristic architecture, and explaining the various house types that are to be found in the city. The main part of the book is organized geographically, dividing the city into its various districts and describing the notable houses to be found in each. Photographs of the buildings and their particular features are accompanied by short descriptive and historical texts.
This beautiful book, lovingly photographed and researched over several decades, will appeal to architecture lovers everywhere, as well as to those interested in colonial history, the visual history of South America and the history of building in wood.
Features specially taken photographs throughout
Features many buildings that no longer exist, providing an invaluable architectural record
The first book to survey extensively the architectural history of Georgetown, Guyana
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