1902 Drawing. Interesting Sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk
1902 Drawing. Interesting Sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk
1902 Drawing. Interesting Sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk
1902 Drawing. Interesting Sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk
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1902 Drawing. Interesting Sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk

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This is a very rare survivor - a sheet of Architectural Studies for Colonial Houses at the Island of Grand Turk.

The Turks and Caicos Islands are located 575 miles (925 km) southeast of Miami, Florida, roughly midway between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

This is an interesting document relating to the architectural history of the island of Grand Turk in the Atlantic - and shows a selection of plans and elevations for public buildings on the island. I would imagine that many of the buildings in this study no longer exists - and perhaps this sheet should go to their local museum as a document of historical interest.

The drawing has been signed off in the bottom corner by John F. Osborne (?), Colonial Surveyor on 21st May 1902.

The name of the island comes from a species of cactus on the island, the Turk's Cap Cactus (Melocactus intortus), which has a distinctive cap, reminiscent of an Ottoman fez.

It is here that Christopher Columbus first made landfall on his initial voyage to the New World in 1492.

Grand Turk is the administrative and political capital of the Turks & Caicos Islands, and Cockburn Town has been the seat of government since 1766.

This small island is bursting with Caribbean charm - founded by Bermudan Salt Rakers some three centuries ago. The island’s Bermudan / British colonial architecture amidst the colourful, Caribbean-style local dwellings continue to be a pull for tourists.

Today, many cruise ships (not more than two at a time) stop at the Carnival Cruise Terminal, toward the south end of the island, to provide guests a "sun and sand" day while transiting between Florida and the Caribbean.

An interesting archival document - please ask for a full condition report as this is very much a working drawing. But as a working drawing - in quite fine condition and a rare item.