Photographer's Note

The capital city of Rangoon is so unique and evocative for it has a certain backwater charm and frankly one of my favoraite cites in SEA for a walk. Rising from the city's cracked and chaotic streets is an extraordinary collection of colonial buildings which were erected in the late 19th century, some elegant, some imposing, some delicate, but nearly all are neglected. The variety of styles of buildings is astounding. Colonial architects brought with them the fashions of the decade, often mixing the latest European styles with oriental influences, creating a dramatic and eclectic cityscape.

Sturdy red-brick buildings reminiscent of northern English cities stand near apartment buildings painted pale blue and green, with shuttered windows, filigree balconies and steep wooden stairs. This period saw a boom in construction and most of the city's brick and stucco shophouses date from this period. Thick walls, high ceilings and filigreed transoms were designed to keep shops below and apartments above cool and comfortable.

This decaying pastel blue building at 30th Street is one of the many public buildings, the suvivor of Rangoon's Anglo-Indian style architecture, combination of shophouses features accommodation above the ground level dated back in 1920. This is a rare glimpses of little-remembered architectural trends that swept the city and still provides the ideal living environment for the climate. Built in an age when air conditioning was unknown and architectural knacks kept the elements at bay, these structures are still performing the functions for which they were designed....

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