Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture

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Caribbean Houses is a lavishly illustrated account of the development of historically significant houses in the West Indies. Author Michael Connors, a West Indian decorative arts scholar, examines venerable houses that remain as a testimony to the rich history and vibrant lifestyle that was, and continues to be, an important part of Caribbean culture. The book is divided into five chapters, one for each European heritage: the Spanish Antilles, the Dutch Leewards, the English Islands, the French Lesser Antilles, ...
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Overview

Caribbean Houses is a lavishly illustrated account of the development of historically significant houses in the West Indies. Author Michael Connors, a West Indian decorative arts scholar, examines venerable houses that remain as a testimony to the rich history and vibrant lifestyle that was, and continues to be, an important part of Caribbean culture. The book is divided into five chapters, one for each European heritage: the Spanish Antilles, the Dutch Leewards, the English Islands, the French Lesser Antilles, and the Danish Virgin Islands. An authoritative text sheds light on the area’s rich architectural and interior design history and gives the reader a unique view of houses that combine the tradition of European styles with the vernacular island forms and decorative motifs. The lavish new photography captures the stunning exteriors and provides a rare look into the interiors of these historic houses, with exotic tropical hardwoods, indigenous stone, and a blending of local crafts and handiwork with antiques and contemporary furnishings. With the disappearance of so much of the Caribbean’s historic domestic architecture, the colonial residences that still exist represent an important historical record of the Caribbean’s material culture.
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"A rare look into the interiors of these historic houses, complete with exotic tropical hardwoods, indigenous stone, local crafts and contemporary furnishings, Caribbean Houses is one for the bookshelf." ~AlltheBestBlog.com

"The photographs are glorious... this makes an excellent coffee-table book..." ~Caribbean Beat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847832132
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,368,263
  • Product dimensions: 11.04 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Connors is a contributor to numerous trade journals, including Art & Antiques and The Magazine Antiques, and he has written many books, including Caribbean Elegance, French Island Elegance, and Cuban Elegance. He lives in New York City, St. Croix, and Deer Isle, Maine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2009

    A feast for the eyes... and the imagination

    Wow... I need a year to follow Michael Connor's path in the Caribbean - I want to see all these houses! What a glorious book to get lost in; no question he's got an eye for the exquisite. Each photo is gorgeous, inviting the reader into another life. After reading this you'll know a lot more of the fascinating history of the islands; you'll never experience a vacation week in the Caribbean in the same old predictable way. This book inspires one to explore the history, architecture and the beauty beyond the beaches. Truly delightful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2009

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    Connors Outdoes Himself

    Having acquired and read Michael Connors previous books, which cover the decorative arts of the colonial Caribbean, I was pleasantly surprised and deeply impressed by his latest work, Caribbean Houses: History, Style, and Architecture. In Caribbean Houses... Connors goes beyond the decorative arts to provide us with in-depth coverage of the architecture of the colonial West Indies. And he does so in his usual autoratively well-informed and pleasing style. In so doing, he shows himself to be as scholarly concerning Caribbean colonial architecture as the decorative arts of the same era.

    Kudos to Dr. Connors for what may well prove to be his finest work to date.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

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    A History so beautifully told....

    The perfect addition for one's library for a plethora of reasons. Michael Connors beautifully coifed journey through the Caribbean/West Indies is also a must for Christmas, Holiday and/or any special occasion. In Connors distinctive, unique style, one is transformed into a bygone era through the "History, Style and Architecture" of an area rich with beauty, arrived at through the struggles and hardships that laid the foundation which shaped so much of our history and styles of today. Saving and preserving architecture is so important and thank you Dr. Connors for bringing this to everyone's attention through such a remarkable book.

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