Highlights from SAHARA: British Colonial Architecture

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Feb 01, 2016
This month’s SAHARA highlights showcase the architecture of the Atlantic world in the long eighteenth century. The rise of the British Empire during the Georgian era is amply documented in SAHARA, which has thorough coverage of colonial-era buildings from North America to Africa and Australia. A search on “British Colonial” will turn up an abundance of material, including this sample, which includes a gentry house in Virginia, a church in Sydney, Australia, a slave hospital in Jamaica and a slave castle in Ghana.

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Gunston Hall, Fairfax County, Virginia, William Buckland and William Bernard Sears for George Mason, 1755-1759. Photo by Jeffrey E. Klee, 2012.

John Whipple House exterior, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1677. Photo by Richard Longstreth, 2012.

Orange Valley Slave Hospital, E. Earl, Trelawny, Cornwall, Jamaica, 1797. Photo by Jeffrey E. Klee, 2011.

Chase-Loyd House, 22 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, Maryland, decorative carving by William Buckland, 1769-1774. Photo by Jeffrey E. Klee, 2009.

St. James's Anglican Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Francis Howard Greenway, 1820-24. Photo by Dell Upton, 2015.

Cape Coast Castle, Ghana, restored 1990. Photo by Louis Nelson, 2010.

Interior hall of Resurrection Manor, Hollywood/St. Mary's County, Maryland, early 18th century. Demolished January 2003.  Photo by Dell Upton, 1979.

Interior of Abel and Mary Nicholson House, Salem County, New Jersey, built 1722, wing added 1835. Photo by Jeffrey E. Klee, 2013.

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