My reading of Gauvin Alexander Bailey's hefty and beautifully illustrated tome on French colonial architecture was interrupted by my participation in a conference in one of France's former colonial capitals, Saint-Louis, Senegal. Given that the title of the conference was Colonial Cities in Global Perspective, I expected to see some synergy with Bailey's book, but I also assumed there would be little obvious overlap. Only a couple of the papers delivered at the conference touched on architecture, and none with the range or depth of Bailey's discussions of ideology, buildings, and labor. However, I was struck by the ways that the physical landscape of Saint-Louis evoked the...

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