Photographer's Note

This humble but attractive old structure stood at the gate to a colonial “great house” in Wiilliamsfield in the Parish of Manchester. Under the patches of zinc and cement are a stone foundation, hardwood boards, a fretwork decorated porch and a wood shingle roof.

There used to be many buildings like this all over Jamaica. While not in the front ranks of historically and culturally important buidings -- and generally unappreciated, they added greatly to the unique and charming character of Jamaica’s rural communities. Sadly, very few now remain, the victims of concrete modernization (a trend driven by security concerns), floods, fires and hurricanes. It was a hurricane -- Ivan in 2004 -- that took this one. As the hurricane season officially began this month, it seemed appropriate to post a reminder. (A scan from an old slide.)

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