Falmouth Courthouse, Trelawny

Yep, you’ve guessed it I love Georgian structures. This courthouse was built in 1815 and partially destroyed by fire in 1926. Old photos of this public structure and other private ones show an interesting tale as it regards to the design of windows over the years. Glass in the 18th century was an expensive commodity especially to import to Jamaica, houses back then showcased their owner’s opulence and social status by having many, large glass windows that offered very little privacy but did offer comfort from the tropical heat via breeze. Over the years these large windows were substituted with smaller windows that offered privacy (the designs changed too, more louvers). It would be interesting to discover the reason behind the change in design. A change in societal beliefs or behaviour?  Or have we just more to hide??




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