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#TPThursday: A Colorful Jamaican House

As I travel around, I’m fascinated by some of the Jamaican houses I see. Styles change as the population changes so I’m not surprised to see European, Asian and African influences, and materials such as wattle and daub, brick, wood and zinc being used. Usually, based on the design and the materials, I can pinpoint the time period during which most were built. I’m still trying to figure out where on the design continuum this one falls.

Jamaican house

Jamaican house

This is my submission to this week’s Budget Travelers Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday series. Be sure to check out other photo and story entries on their website.







  1. Wow – that house is a piece of art. Would qualify for a tributary copy in Copenhagen’s hippie commune and ‘freetown’ Christiania.
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  2. totsymae1011

    That’s pretty interesting. Seems a good deal of thought was put into it though.
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  3. Now that’s what I call an interesting house…
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  4. Love it! But not sure if I would want to live there.
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  5. There is something oddly beautiful about this house….one thing’s for sure, people will always be able to find you.
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  6. That’s quite a mish mash of colours and styles.It looks like they just kept adding to it.
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  7. Wow! What a neat looking house!
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  8. That is the most interesting house that I have ever seen! All those colours – it looks like parts of it were added at different times. I love the stairs too – do they end up near a beach?
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  9. Oh goodness, looks like they’ve done a little remodeling! Does make you wonder.
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  10. Holy smoke, that IS a colorful house! LOVE IT!
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  11. Love the colors! I take pictures of interesting houses too. Just haven’t had the chance to post them yet 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!
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  12. Wow! That looks so interesting. I bet it’s a really artistic person that lives there. So colorful!
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  13. Oh wow! I bet their guests won’t have a hard time finding this house. They certainly know how to stand out from the neighborhood. Love all the colors though.
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  14. That house is AWESOME -is there a story behind it? Hope you can link it up on Friday Daydreamin’ this week too!
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  15. Oh what a quirky house. Love it. Where is it? In Kingston?
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  16. Cathy Sweeney

    Do tell us if you figure out the background on this colorful and artistic house. Such character!
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  17. I will, Cathy. One of these days, I’ll go back and chat with the owner.

  18. It is, Sophie, and it’s in Portland. It’s definitely quirky.

  19. Definitely so, Becca. I hope to go back to get the story, will definitely share it here.

  20. You sure right about that, Mary! “Just go up the road, round the corner and you’ll see the pretty house one on the right.”

  21. It’s certainly someone who loves colors and isn’t afraid of using them. I really have to go back to get the story.

  22. You’re welcome, Aleah. You should! I debated whether to post a few more but decided to this one needed to be on its own.

  23. It definitely is, Courtney!

  24. Sure have and by the looks of it, I wouldn’t be surprised to return and they’ve added more colors.

  25. Me too, Lisa. I agree, it does look like parts of it have been added. I don’t think it’s the sea, maybe a river. We were rushing and didn’t stop but I sure plan to return for the back story.

  26. Haha, it sure is, Dick!

  27. Yeah, doesn’t it? Like he woke up each day with a new and different idea and set to work.

  28. So true. No one can ever say they couldn’t this house!

  29. I agree. I like looking at it but I sure wouldn’t want to live there.

  30. Oh yes, Denise. Definitely interesting.

  31. And a lot of time and money too. I’m sure he did the work himself.

  32. I had to look up Freetown Christiania. It would definitely fit right in, Mette.
    Whenever I look at this photo, I wonder about the person behind it. I can’t wait to go back and have a chat with him.

  33. That looks like a fun place!! The owner definitely is creative and loves colors! This house reminds me of truck art! The trucks here in Pakistan are painted in such bold colors and just a lot of colors! It has now taken a particular place in arts and is now called the truck art! There are even designer outlets now that are making clothing, accessories and decorative items with truck art! Just Google it and see!
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  34. Jackie Smith

    I love ‘different’ and this one is certainly that!
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  35. What a cool house! It looks like a lot of work went into that.
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  36. I agree, Scott, it is. And it took a lot of time and effort to get it to look this cool.

  37. I bet the owner is too!

  38. Wow, Naxysch, that’s interesting. I’ll definitely Google it. I love seeing art in unexpected places — it shouldn’t be only in museums and galleries.

  39. Certainly a very unique house. Looks grand too!!
    Have a wonderful week ahead Marcia:)
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  40. Oh yess! I think art is everywhere! All you need is an eye to see it! 🙂

  41. Beautiful! So colorful and creative!
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  42. Yes, someone who isn’t afraid of using color. It’s right up there with that gaudy cave you profiled in your post.

  43. That’s so true, Naxysch!

  44. That it is, Arti.
    Hope you had a wonderful week this week. I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend!

  45. Haven’t been to Jamaica yet! Keep hearing mixed reviews about the island, but I always visit places with such reviews anyways bc they are always special. I love how you can find that variety and that many cultures influencing Jamaican architecture. You just made me want to look at flights there! 😉
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  46. Thanks for your comment, Maria. As you know people will either love or hate a place but it’s up to us to decide for ourselves. Let me know when you’re ready to visit, I’ll make some suggestions for places to visit.

  47. It would make you feel cheerful every time you came home, hehe, what a great house.
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  48. Hahaha, it is a cheerful house!