Big Yard :: Tenant Yards in kingston Jamaica

Braiding at Big Yard

Braiding at Big Yard

Errol McKinson

Oil on Canvas 20x20

The new residences consisted of one- and two-storey 'knog' buildings, built in clusters or around a central courtyard with communal cooking and bathroom facilities. These residences became the famous Government Yards of Trench Town. Knog construction refers to a labor-intensive traditional method of construction where a timber frame structure is in-filled with brick or rubble then covered with a wire mesh and plastered. The architecture used was that of a rural Caribbean vernacular with hip roofs and wide verandas. Tenants would gather for the outdoors salon treat where hair braiding was the hit of the day.



18 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All