Sunday, April 26, 2009

A Villa in Asmara

Villa, AsmaraThis is a typical residence in the Villa district of Asmara. Obviously it has seen better days bvut there is a glimpse of fabulous villa where perhaps wealthy Italians could spend an interwar winter in North African sunshine.

I think it is interesting to see the heavy wooden window frames in the rounded section of the building. I think elsewhere these would be slimline metal windows and the do look a bit clunky here.

The other thing of note it the pair wrought iron gates and indeed the metal fence partially hidden under the garden foliage. They were almost certainly locally made as many gates, fences and window shutters are still made today by an cliche of craftsmen (and boys) in another part of the city.

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