Architecture in Africa, with Special Reference to Indigenous Akan Building Construction

  • Tarikhu Farrar
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-4425-0_8441

The hall itself was the chief object that attracted my attention. It was at least a 100 ft in length, 40 ft high, and 50 broad. It had been quite recently completed, and the fresh bright look of the materials gave it an enlivening aspect, the natural brown polish of the wood‐work looking as though it were gleaming with the lustre of new varnish. Close by was a second and more spacious hall, which in height was only surpassed by the loftiest of the surrounding oil palms; but this, although it had only been erected 5 years previously, had already begun to show symptoms of decay... Considering the part of Africa in which these halls were found, one might truly be justified in calling them wonders of the world; I hardly know with all our building resources what material we could have employed, except it were whalebone, of sufficient lightness and durability to erect structures like these royal halls of Munza, capable of withstanding the tropical storms and hurricanes. The bold arch of the...

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