Colonial Architecture Project

Photos of European colonial architecture around the world

by Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art, Queen's University at Kingston, Canada

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Beijing, Hall of Water, Forbidden City

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egun 1909, never finished. The only western-style building in the Forbidden City, the "Hall of water” or "Crystal Palace" was to have been in an ornamental pool. White marble with cast iron. China was never a European colony but an enthusiasm for western styles dates back to the presence of the Portuguese Jesuits at court in the 18th century. This building combines French beaux-arts style (as in Hanoi or Saigon) with Chinese forms. UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed 1987.

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