Spanish Colonial architecture


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Spanish Colonial architecture

Architecture, particularly in those areas of the American continents that have been subject to Spanish influence; greatly affected by local culture, customs, traditions, and availability of materials. Spanish Colonial architecture in the American southwest usually is typified by thick, solid adobe walls, often covered with a protective layer of stucco or plaster; a one-story building around an enclosed courtyard; a long, narrow, covered porch either facing the street or facing a patio; often, a balcony, commonly supported by columns at ground-floor level, each column usually topped with a bolster; commonly, flat roofs supported by round logs drained by waterspouts that penetrated the parapet surrounding the roof; low-pitched or medium-pitched roofs covered with red clay tiles, often with a substantial overhang, were also common; windows facing the street usually protected by ornamental grillwork; doors to the various rooms opened directly onto a covered porch or onto a patio. Also see azotea, board house, canale, Churrigueresque style, common house, conch house, coquina, galeria, Monterey style, palma hut, plank house, Plateresque architecture, Saint Augustine house, tabby, tabla house, viga, zaguán, zambullo door.
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Its oldest districts are a mix of the original Inca-built walls and Spanish colonial architecture, criss-crossed by narrow, cobbled streets that run between several stunning plazas, including the main Plaza de Armas ( Cusco's picture postcard heart ( and the historic Plaza San Blas.
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From Callao, I took an excursion to nearby Lima with its fine Spanish colonial architecture fronting on the main squares, the Aliaga mansion occupied by the same family since the first part of the 16th century, and the city's diplomatic and beach resort districts.
The brightly colored red-and-yellow McDonald's building clashes with the Spanish colonial architecture of the church, built in the 1870s and declared a historical site in 1986, explained Arroyo.
Cuba's attractions are already well known: sun-kissed beaches, crystalline waters, superb deep-sea fishing, astonishing Spanish colonial architecture and a cultural scene replete with music, dance and theater.
Clark, led the revival of Spanish Colonial architecture. Architectural design and ornamentation, including traditional crafts imported from Spain, Central America, and the American Southwest, found their way not only into Palo Alto buildings, but also into the pages of SchoolArts.
From the old American automobiles to the famous Spanish colonial architecture on display round every corner, it is unlike any other city on earth and it's easy to see why people such as Hemingway became intoxicated with its quirky beauty.
It reminds some visitors of European cities, in part because of the French and Spanish colonial architecture, with its lacy ironwork balconies, pastel buildings - and the smell of good French coffee from the neighbourhood cafes.
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Its Spanish colonial architecture tells of progress and growth, of days of plenty, of genteel charm.