“St. George’s: The Prettiest Town in the West Indies” by George Brizan

The town of St. George’s, Grenada, has been the subject of many architectural studies over many years, due to it unique characteristics such as fish-scale roofs and Georgian architecture. It has also been described for over a century as the most picturesque town in the entire Caribbean. Moreover, it is sometimes described as a “time capsule”, as these are the developments by which one can trace the development of this town over the last three centuries.

Despite the pressures brought on by modern-day development, such as the introduction of the motor vehicle and the need for additional space, the town has retained its scale and most of its skyline. As such, the town is still within the boundaries established between 1700 and 1788, and includes buildings built after the last great fire of 1792. Not only had the town of St. George’s received special mention from the Georgian Society during the 1930s and 1950s, but also in 1988, when it was nominated as one of the monuments of the wider Caribbean. It is against this background, therefore, that some of the buildings within the town are highlighted in this publication.

Authors: George Brizan & Michael Jessamy