Colonial Architecture

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What is Colonial Architecture?

Colonial architecture is an architectural style from a mother country that has been incorporated into the buildings of settlements or colonies in distant locations. It happens when a country is colonized and begins to use architecture from the country that colonized it. At times, the resulting design style and characteristics are a replica of ideas from the mother country, which created hybrid designs in their new lands. Much of colonial culture was a balancing act between home customs and adjustments to a new location. This also applies to architecture. As Europeans settled in their colonies, they discovered innovative methods to bring a little touch of home into, well, their colonial dwellings.

Characteristics of Colonial Style Houses

  1. Most of the colonial houses have 2 or 3 stories.
  2. Symmetrical floor plans and exteriors are the features of colonial architecture.
  3. It has a steeply pitched roof.
  4. They used decorative entryways for the house design.
  5. They used multi-paned windows that were aesthetically pleasing and allowed natural light to enter the home.

List of Colonial Architecture throughout the World

  • Portuguese colonial architecture
  • Spanish colonial architecture
  • French colonial architecture
  • British colonial architecture
  • Portuguese colonial architecture
  • Dutch colonial architecture
  • Italian colonial architecture
  • American colonial architecture

Examples of Colonial Architecture in India

  1. National Library of India, Kolkata
  2. Mumbai High Court, Maharashtra
  3. Gateway of India, Maharashtra
  4. India Gate, New Delhi
  5. Parliament of India, New Delhi
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