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Slanted Door , originally uploaded by pictureinfocus . BDOSGL072308_0068-0069Z1 Slanted Door Garden Land, Country Road St. Michael, Bar...

Friday, January 18, 2008

Weathered Wood

Weathered Wood
A Window with Character
A Window with Character,
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Weathered Wood
Fordes Road, Garden Land
Bridgetown, St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Bridgetown End To End
(07-24-2007)


The neighborhood of my youth still brings me delight. It is pleasant to see that many of the old chattel houses still remain. Whether it is financial or just pure love for the wooden house, owners should be commended on the upkeep of such icons of the past.

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Mutual Building


The Mutual Building, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.


Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Building
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The Mutual Building
Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Bridgetown End To End
(07-24-2007)


Secondary school in Barbados was a good experience for me. And although I did not have to use the Lower Green Bus Stand to catch my bus to go home on evenings, I still found myself standing in front of this massive building courting a young lady whose bus stopped here.

It has been years now and I have lost contact with the young lady, but The Mutual Building in lower Broad Street is still here. This magnificent Victorian that boasts 3 stories was built between 1894 and 1895. The original name was The Barbados Insurance Society Building. Large domes and a second story veranda that surrounds the entire building are some of the buildings’ characteristics.

This wonderful old structure once housed The Mutual Bank of the Caribbean. It was sold to the Bank of Butterfield in December 2003 and is still located within The Mutual Building. I am not certain what percentage of the entire building is used by the bank, but there are also other financial and business offices located inside.

You can still find lots of hawkers outside the building selling, just like when I was a kid. In this respect nothing has changed, just different faces.

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The Trident House


The Trident House, originally uploaded by pictureinfocus.

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The Trident House
Lower Broad Street, Bridgetown
St. Michael, Barbados
Series: Bridgetown End To End
(07-24-2007)


Walking through Old Bridgetown is absolutely a delight. The wonderful old buildings of colonial times rise along Lower Broad Street.

From the City Center Car Park one can see the wonderful flapped windows of the Trident House. This building houses from restaurants to Embassies of other countries.

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