Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Fort Albert Part 1 - Light Up The Darkness

While location scouting for upcoming conceptual projects I found myself in St. George's. Again!

You can probably see the trend of this blog swaying between commercial imagery and my new found interest in Bermuda's history and what remains of these once very important forts and buildings.

'Light Up The Darkness' is my mini-title for the day at Fort Albert which portrays my intrigue for the degrading simplicity of the rooms, doors and pathways.

"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts" - Edward R. Murrow

Brief history: Fort Albert (http://www.bermuda-online.org/forts.htm)

Named after Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, it is is a pentagonal moated redoubt completed in early 1842. It is one of several carved from solid limestone rock at huge British Army expense into Retreat Hill. It commanded the channel along the eastern coast of St. George's Island.

In 1877, a huge fire occured. With much gunpowder stored there, all St. George's was threatened. Heroic efforts by men of the Royal Artillery and 87th Royal Irish Fusiliers stemmed the fire.

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