Town and architecture in Congo, 1885-1940

Theme: city life, dwelling/house, buildings, colonial administration
Place of production: Democratic Republic of the Congo > Kinshasa > Kinshasa
Legend: Because the African boroughs of colonial cities were growing rapidly and were also regarded as a potential breeding ground of diseases and epidemics that could harm the white population, colonial policy started paying attention to the accommodation of Africans from the Interbellum period onwards. The policy focused on discipline, cost efficiency and hygiene, which is why it often produced a Spartan architecture of sheds with brick walls and roofs made of sheets of corrugated iron, without any modern conveniences.
Acquisition related person: Colonial Office as donor
Date of acquisition: 1941-02-07
Original legend: Maisons modernes pour indigènes.
Inventory number: AP.0.1.2134