On the French side, traditional Creole buildings prevail. These typical, elaborately-decorated and brightly-coloured homes with their chiselled wood decorations stand proudly in the streets of Marigot and Grand Case. With 2 or 3 rooms rarely larger than 3m by 6m, traditional Creole wooden houses were built to withstand hurricanes.
When they arrived on the island, the Europeans built Marigot on a grid plan, with the houses all aligned. Many of Marigot’s buildings are therefore two- or three-storey wood and stone buildings, often painted in bright colours with rust-coloured rooves.
Tagged: , maarten , st , west , indies , dutch , antilles , marigot