European colonizers were responsible for most of the early building in the islands in the 1800s. This gave the main towns of Christiansted and Charlotte Amalie a Mediterranean flavor. Construction materials were yellow Danish brick and pieces of coral, topped by red roofs and punctuated with tall arches to admit the sea breeze. The best of the newer architectural styles have retained this West Indian feeling. Old residential areas in town have small clapboard, shingled and shuttered houses squeezed together on the narrow streets. In the hills above the towns or overlooking beaches and majestic shorelines, large modern homes and vacation villas with dramatic pools offer a variety of location sites with spectacular vistas of the Caribbean and offshore cays.
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