Chattel houses in Barbados

Chattel houses in Barbados

Bryant Slides Collection Circa 1940-1981 ( Guide to the Collection )

Material Information

Chattel houses in Barbados
Uniform Title:
The Bryant Slides Collection
The Bryant Slides Collection, Barbados
Physical Description:
35 mm
Unknown ( Photographer )
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Subjects / Keywords:
Dwellings -- Barbados -- 1960-1970
Architecture, Caribbean -- Barbados
Architecture, Domestic -- Barbados
Spatial Coverage:
Barbados -- Caribbean region


General Note:
The slides were taken on collecting trips sponsored by the William L. Bryant Foundation, where books, music and art indigenous to the regions were gathered. The are organized by geographical location.
General Note:
Barbados is known for its traditional homes, “chattel houses,” because they could be disassembled and moved. Originally, these dwellings were built for plantation workers. Later, they were built by freed slaves and sharecroppers, who usually built the dwelling on blocks close to main roads so that they could be easily relocated as many were not landowners but rather tenants. Hallmarks of chattel house construction are steep gable roofs (to deflect wind and rain) and wood panel walls. The wooden jalousie windows on hinges and fretwork around windows offered shade and protection against the rain. Slide labeled Barb 17 typical house.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Central Florida Libraries ( SOBEK page | external link )
Holding Location:
University of Central Florida ( SOBEK page | external link )
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
Sheet 20: 10
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