Native American Culture Architecture Analysis

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100 years before Columbus took a voyage to America, there were several metropolitan areas home to the Native American population. These areas could hold up to twenty thousand people, a huge populated area in this period of time. The coming of Columbus was the forefront for the immigration and settling of Europeans who followed in Columbus’s footsteps. The people of Europe saw opportunity in America, almost a blank canvas as they could express the culture originated from their homeland and infuse it into America. Europe’s curiosity came with a price as the Native American population was slowly shunned out of the country. A famous image by Theodore Galle, depicted a beautifully crafted summary of the clash between the Native population and the …show more content…
The prominence of the culture Europe brought over mainly appeared across the Eastern seaboard (and some parts of the West) where the New World was gaining momentum. The beauty of architecture is every country has their own personal style. What separates America is the diversity that has inspired architecture up to this point. Numerous stylings such as Georgian, British colonial and Spanish colonial that originated in parts of Europe have carried over to America permanently to provide a sense of culture that had not yet been seen.
Culture change in the New World America was associated with religion, a practice that was strongly favored by the European settlers but not practiced by the Native American population. It was only natural to begin designing and building churches to reinforce that belief. St Luke’s church (built in 1632) was the pioneer to the following of several other European customs and traditions. Europe was anxious to spread the religion of British faith throughout the colonies. It started in the Virginia colonies where St Luke’s was built. The church
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Georgian styling became increasingly trendy in the colonies, the South in particular. Georgian architecture bought a new element of elegance and simplicity. A prime example is Mount Pleasant, a beautifully crafted structure which represents all Georgian architecture features. What’s proprietary about the styling is the geometrical accuracy, a feature that the New World had not yet seen. The lateral symmetry of windows is aesthetically pleasing, and wealthy men and women of this time took notice. The want to be a big name figure and to flash wealth inspired the rich to purchase these radiant homes. Although the design of this type of building was amazing, the skills needed to construct said structure is still rare which is why only rich people were able to afford these homes. Moreover, the design translated over to slave plantations in the South (where most wealthy people resided.) Slave masters would have homes built, with Georgian styling, on top of acres of land. Typically, the large abode would rest on top of a hill with fellow shacks towards the back of the property. Along with the architectural design, Europe also bought over Georgian Chippendale, a type of furniture, designed by Thomas Chippendale. Thomas was very popular in London with his beautiful craftsmanship of woodworks. Once he migrated to the American

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