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Architecture of Grenada

Grenadian Architecture - St. George
St. George

The architecture of Grenada is severely limited as no true buildings exist from the pre-Columbian times. Even the first settlers left little behind as most early architecture was made from wood or other local resources that have been lost to time. Today nearly every architectural piece of note is in the capital of St. George's.

The earliest still standing architecture in St. George's is from the early 1700s with the building of Fort George (1705). The city was also built at this time, but many buildings from this time have been lost to fires. Many of the earliest buildings in the city today date from the late 1700s, generally in the form of small houses. The French also built the Catholic St. George's Cathedral (1818), which is a city landmark today.

The British arrived later and continued to build on the island, and again most of their focus was on the capital of St. George's. Their most impressive still standing piece of architecture is St. George's Anglican Church (1825) and is also a landmark.

Although modern building materials and techniques have been brought to Grenada, the island has not begun to build large skyscrapers or outrageously unique modern buildings. Most of the country's current buildings are built from this newer technology, but the people have not yet decided to create buildings that stand out as extraordinarily unique as the towns maintain a great colonial feel and charm.

This page was last updated: March, 2013