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SAHARA Highlights: Details

by Jacqueline Spafford and Jeffrey Klee, SAHARA Co-Editors | Jan 03, 2020

In past Highlight features we’ve looked at the big picture, such as aerial views and streetscapes. This month we’re zooming in on the details, of which the SAHARA collection has thousands. Many of our contributors document every part of a site or building, from the long view down to functional and decorative details. The images below are a very small representation of what the collection holds.

Many thanks to our contributors, as always.

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Native mask carved in stone, on exterior of Old Mutual Building, Cape Town, South Africa, 1940. Ivan Mitford-Barberton, sculptor. Photo by Federico Freschi, 2005.

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Ceiling detail at the Humberstone Theater, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works, Pozo Almonte, Chile, 1935-36 (theater construction). Photo by Sarah Rovang, 2018.

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Detail of window at Fort Apollonia, Beyin, Ghana, 17th century. Photo by Louis Nelson, 2010.

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Original timber frame window opening, Beatty House, Frederick, Maryland, US, late 18th century. Photo by Dell Upton, 1987.

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Façade detail of the Madrid Case Pavilion (aka The Bamboo House) at Expo 2010, Shanghai, China. Alejandro Zaera and Foreign Office Architects, 2010. Photo by Lisa D. Schrenk, 2010.

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Islamic-inspired tile ornamentation in the Mariano Moreno subway station, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1933. Designed by architect Martin Noel and civil engineer Manuel Escasany. Photo by Caroline “Olivia” Wolf, 2013.

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Pergola at private home, Casablanca, Morocco, ca. 1950. Photo by Jean-Louis Cohen, 1996.

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Pavement pattern at Lahore Fort, Lahore, Pakistan, ca 1556-1707. Photo by Elizabeth Braun, 2005.

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Architect Hector Guimard’s signature on the Porte Dauphine Metro Station entrance, Paris, France, 1899-1900. Photo by Peter Clericuzio, 2004.




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