I looked back through all of my 25 blogs for the Friday Shoot – out because as I was looking for photos for Doors and Windows I just swore I had used some of these before. I didn’t find any of the ones I had chosen for this week, BUT if you find one you have seen before – SORRY!
This week’s topic was easy for me. Nova Friburgo is a place I have always taken photos of the interesting architecture. In other towns we have visited, it is easier to take photos not crosshatched with telephone and electrical wires, or partially blocked by signs or traffic, but I do the best I can to see the best of what is here. So - here are the doors and windows of Nova Friburgo.
Starting in 1819 when the king agreed to bring 350 + settlers from Switzerland here to farm in this area, Nova Friburgo has show a history as varied as its architecture. Swiss, German, and Italians dominate the names of the families and make the faces and the building of this town a wide mix of features. The houses have had a taste of Swiss / Italian with wood siding and wooden doors and windows with shutters. The public buildings have a look of the classic colonial Portuguese, wooden windows with inset shutters and borders of stone or masonry, and on all there is a use of wrought iron, mostly made right here in Nova Friburgo, for security and style.
There are just a few homes and buildings still standing that were built from the late 1800 until probably the early 50s.
After that there was a boom in construction and a glut of cheaply made apartments and ‘sobre lojas’, apartments built above the stores downtown.
These, to my eye, seem to not had any changes or maintenance since being built. They are basically BASIC with no grace or even intended elegance. Quite a contrast to those home built in the earlier era.
The downtown's stores (lojas) when closed up for the weekend lend a deserted look and the housing that is now under construction may never have doors and windows. Climbing up the mountains are houses in different styles and levels of completion (or not) that foster that feeling of a town deserted.
As there are changes, new restaurants and upscale stores added to the downtown, there has been some removing of the colonial styled wooden windows and new plate glass windows have started to show up.
just for the fun of it and as an example of what I mean by elegance, I threw in a photo a window in a Convent in Salvador.