Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Broome style"

This is an old post I never finished. I did some research about Broome's building styles. The gist is that timber wasn't available because there are no forrests around, so tin was used. Shutters like those below were used for cyclone protection in the wet, and ventilation in the dry. Verandas were often the coolest places to sleep so they were fenced in with lattices for ventilation and privacy. These days they are often glassed in as well.

Another aspect is the venting shown in the last row of photos. The middle picture is the ANZ bank! The others are an art gallery. It is an old, well preserved building but a bit disorientating as an art gallery as the floor in uneven and slants, as does the low roof.