Monday, January 31, 2011

#456 Architecture in the River Amazon villages

I'm still thinking about that Amazon village visit.  No, I don't mean the PowerPoint.

Walking several miles along the banks of the river where about 400 people live, we passed through clusters of small solidly built homes standing on stilts that placed their living spaces just above the wet season high water mark. Each home was unique.  Several caught my eye.

Some had large porches.
Some had no porches.
Some had side porches.
Some had front porches.
Some were brightly painted.
Some were partially painted.
Some were not painted at all.
One new home was rising as the older smaller home was dismantled.
One had all the bells and whistles with a TV antenna, gravity water system, and window air conditioner.
This roof has the same graceful curve as the upturned prow of the local wooden riverboats. I liked it a lot.
Did I mention the churches?

All these buildings are within a couple miles of this location:  -3.122102°, -59.873047°  

If you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can click here to view in Google Earth .

Architectural history students up for a little field work in the Amazon?  Could these buildings be a thesis or dissertation topic? 

Yours in appreciating the Not So Big House,


  1. Ooh, I just realized the Johnston's are on Semester at Sea again! Looks like you are having a fabu time, as always. I look forward to spending many enjoyable minutes catching up on your escapades on Yours In...

  2. Tina-where are you? Great to heard from you!