Historic Jacobean Mansions
Barbados is the home of two of the three remaining Jacobean Mansions left in the Western hemisphere.
Built in the 1650's, Barbados.org has pleasure in acknowledging these two architectural delights as part of our "Seven Wonders of Barbados".
These two historic buildings are St. Nicholas Abbey in the north of Barbados and Drax Hall in the center of the island. St. Nicholas Abbey is open to the public while Drax Hall is a private home.
Jacobean architecture refers to an English style of the early 17th century. It is named after King James I who reigned from 1603 to 1625. As Barbados was settled by the British in 1627 it's no surprise to find this architectural style amongst the earliest buildings of the island. Features of the Jacobean style include steep gable roofs, grand staircases and window bays with mullioned windows.
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