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Legislative Council

Buildings Past and Present

 

Introduction

The majority of buildings in the Falkland Islands are now constructed of wood. In the early days quite a number of buildings were constructed from local stone and although there are a number of stone buildings still around the Islands it is not a popular building material as the local grey stone is very dense and difficult to dress while the sandstone, or Fox Bay stone as it is known locally, is only suitable for cladding and paving. Bricks were often brought in as ballast on sailing ships but the cost and dangers of bringing in such heavy goods as a main cargo made them an unattractive option as a principal building material. Despite a number of experiments since settlement the local clays are not suitable for firing into house bricks.

Kit houses are not a new addition to the Falkland Islands. A prime example of this are the original houses on Pioneer Row and Drury Street, “two roomed kit houses worth £50 each” that were shipped down on board the Victory which arrived in Stanley 13 October 1849. Eighteen cottages were built on Pioneer Row (or Upper Row as it was originally called) and twelve cottages and the Barracks were built on Drury Street (originally called Lower Row). The majority of these buildings have survived and although modernised and extended the original part of the buildings are still recognisable.

During both the 19th and the 20th centuries the Falkland Islands Company Ltd imported a large number of kit houses for their employees to live in. Other large landowners also imported kit houses. Now in the 21st century the majority of new home builders choose to erect kit houses although these are moving away from the more traditional build of pre-World War II houses built here.

These files are not a complete representation of buildings in the Falkland Islands but are intended to give and idea of some of the more well-known and will be added to from time to time.

Unless stated otherwise buildings are listed in order from West to East.

 

Crozier Place

pdfFIC buildings, Crozier Place.pdf(1.55 MB)

Ross Road

pdfSulivan House.pdf(850.98 KB)

pdfGovernment House Jetty.pdf(301.37 KB)

pdfMalvina House.pdf(1.14 MB)

pdfDockyard Cottage later Gilbert House.pdf(929.54 KB)

pdfTown Hall.pdf(1.46 MB)

pdfGymnasium.pdf(649.54 KB)

pdfDeanery.pdf(755.05 KB)

pdfStanley Cottage.pdf(877.29 KB)

pdfMalvina Cottage.pdf(877.3 KB)                                                                     pdfStanley House.pdf(1.4 MB)

pdfTeja Cottage.pdf(917.71 KB)

pdfExchange Building.pdf(548.88 KB)

pdfChapel of Rest.pdf(698.83 KB)

pdf34 Ross Road Queens Arms; Beach Cottage, etc.pdf(938.1 KB)

pdfHarbour View House.pdf(418.95 KB)

 

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