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Architecture of Jamaica

Jamaican Architecture - Lighthouse
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The architecture of Jamaica is somewhat limited as no true buildings exist from the pre-Columbian times. Even the first settlers left little behind as most early architecture was made from wood or other local resources that have been lost to time. Today nearly every architectural piece of note is in the capital of Kingston, although numerous sugar plantation mansions are sporadically spread across the island.

Many of the oldest buildings in Jamaica today were built in the late 1700s and later. During this time the Georgian style was popular and was adopted in Jamaica with some significant changes. Of these early structures, those still standing tend to be civil projects, such as government buildings and train stations.

Through the 1800s and into the 1900s the style slowly changed as foreign influences arrived and left. The Spanish encouraged large veranda and balconies, while the British brought in the Baroque and Neo-Classical styles. Due to the hot weather in Jamaica these influences eventually became something unique to Jamaica as a new style developed.

Also during the 1800s and 1900s modern building materials and techniques were brought to Jamaica. This has led to the construction of numerous tall housing and commercial complexes as well as a limited amount of post-modern architecture. Again, most of these modern buildings are in the capital of Kingston.

This page was last updated: March, 2013