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The Birth of a Wall House

The Birth of a Wall House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

The Birth of a Wall House
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Tyrol Cot to Passage Road

Everything evolves, even Chattel houses. In this instance the wood house is dead or dying and out of its wretched soul is the rising of a Wall (brick) House. Even though many Chattel houses can be seen around the island, they are fast becoming a thing of the past.

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  1. Anonymous11:07 AM

    It may not be in the greatest shape, but it looks like it has a story to tell

  2. I remember one of the housed I grew up was all wood. My Aunt then transformed the back of the house into wall, which was really the new bathroom. Amazingly the house progressed like that until it reached the front section. Afterward, it became a wall (brick) house.

  3. My selfish side wants these houses to remain wooden chattels for ever, peeling paint and cracks and all.

    Of course that's pure selfishness, because the residents should be able to convert their houses to make them mor modern and more comfortable! :)

    I just wish there was a way to maintain the look, feel and character of the chattels.

  4. Ann, I feel the same way, but I guess there is no turning back progress.

  5. Nice picture. It seems the wooden structure is slowly morphing into a block house.


  6. Anonymous7:56 AM

    my house kkkkkk

  7. Gaby Blanco3:29 PM

    Love at first sight, very deep in my soul those houses represent the special ancient character that only I have found there, I believe it give a charming touch to Barbados.

    From Caracas - Venezuela

  8. Gaby, thanks for viewing the blog. And yes, there is something special about Chattel Houses and small Wall Houses in Barbados. There is certain flair to them.