Architecture
A Visual Interpretation of Photos
taken from the Basel Mission Picture Archive
by Rahul Mehrotra & Sharada Dwivedi



We present in this section our own perspective on diverse architectural topics covered in the amazing photographic collection of the Basel Mission. These are our personal interpretations, with a focus on India - the country we come from. We have commented on general topics as varied as building materials used in the 19th century, as well as presented our understanding of the bungalow, temple and mosque architecture. We have made more detailed observations on Indian towns and cities such as Mangalore, Cannanore and Calicut where the Mission was active and well organized in its multi-faceted work. These observations, while based on the visual material in the archives have also been informed by our contemporary experiences and perceptions of these places.

We have attempted to make connections with similar architecture in China, the Far East and Africa - places where the Basel Mission was actively working and are places also captured in the archives. In this, we could sometimes have erred in our understanding and analysis of the history and architecture of places outside India. We would therefore welcome comments and corrections wherever we have faulted.
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