Galle Fort During British Regime and Its Architectural Anti type – Galle Heritage

Galle Fort During British Regime and Its Architectural Anti type

It can be clearly ascertained that measure had been taken during British regime to change the town plan of Galle fort, Alter the old buildings for re use, and construct new buildings for specific requirement and also to reinforce old buildings using their methods and techniques

It was during first two decades of 19th century that British stranded construction of buildings according to their own architectural patterns. Buildings constructed during that time show more British architectural factures.  Tons buildings, according to ground plans did not have wide front spans like Dutch buildings but were longitudinal constructions with narrow fronts. Door frames and window frames were made taller. Most of the door panel and window panel were turned out as panel sections and were filled together to form panel door and window panes. Doors and windows were of perfect rectangular shape arch shaped glass panels above doors and windows for natural lighting are filled with 06 or 08 panels. Arches inside the building reflect Georgian and regency designs of later periods. Beads of specific design are found on the ceilings and the main beam of buildings constructed by British. The ceiling felted right below the root was introduced by British. Main flight of steps in two stored house is beautifully caved. European art of building construction showing Gothic and Corinthian styles were introduced by British mostly after 1820AD. That fashion was mostly followed in construction of school and churches Hendry cave stated that the houses alongside Lighthouse Street in Galle fort had long peaches mounted on pillars. He also states that those buildings would have had identical architectural styles even during Dutch period.  However, houses with wooden pillars at front were built even during British period. Those were small size poaches and thin wooden piers were used. Masonry pillars constructed in substitution of those show oriental decorations.

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