Black, white and terracotta

Although houses built in the 1920s and 30s are most commonly referred to as ‘black and whites’, the orange hue is just as important. Terracota tiles are an important architectural hallmark, not just because of the colour, but also because of the simple way in which they form roofs, as evidenced from the underside of our eaves. The branded logo is of the Calicut Tile Company which apparently has been manufacturing clay tiles since 1878.

Isabelle and Jehanita also cleared up a mystery this week; we’ve been wondering why some roofs looked orange while others appeared grey in Google Earth. Turns out, there are angular and rounded tiles (see two images in middle row) and they way they bounce colour is different.

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Source: Google Earth

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