February 11, 2017 - February 18, 2017
Of all the British Caribbean islands, Barbados boasts the largest array of preserved buildings and great houses reflecting the influence of British architecture. The Georgian and Palladian influence seen in Barbados’ many public buildings from the 18th century, such as Government House in Bridgetown, had a lasting impact on the subsequent vernacular architecture of Barbados. It can be seen in the detailing on plantation or “great houses,” right down to the simplest of wooden so called “chattel houses.” Chattel houses were the vernacular expression of economical portable and expandable housing for the average “Bajan” working class person. Join us on this week-long excursion visiting Barbados finest privately owned Great Houses. Also included are some of British set designer Oliver Messel’s projects on the island. Our accommodations are at the Crane Resort beachfront on the beautiful Crane Beach.