I’m seeking some information (preferably photos or art, but description would also help a bit) on how the exterior of militia barracks looked in ~1790 - 1870 in Europe.

It would be helpful to mention in which country the barracks in each image was located.

I was able to find this image only, but I need more images with greater detail. Any help is appreciated.

Preston Barracks, 1850

Preston Barracks, UK (1850) from mybrightonandhove.com.

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    Does your search explicitly concern milita barracks specifically, or military barracks in general?
    – tohuwawohu
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 9:02
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    If the question concerns military barracks in general, just a note: Wikimedia Commons has a great plenty of images sorted by country. Sadly, they usually aren't categorized by chronology, only by location.
    – tohuwawohu
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 9:15
  • @tohuwawohu - I'm looking for image of any exterior of militiary barracks in the 19th century. The images will be used as reference images. Wikimedia gallery of barracks is awesome!
    – sjaustirni
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 12:04
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    Intersecting the "Barracks" category of Wikimedia Commons with all images under Public Domain (Category: PD Old) gives a quite useful search result of "older" images, removing modern (copyright-protected) ones: tools.wmflabs.org/catscan2/… (click on "Do it" button at the bottom of search form)
    – tohuwawohu
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 13:26
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    Faster search with the "quick intersection" utility: tools.wmflabs.org/catscan2/…
    – tohuwawohu
    Commented Jun 12, 2014 at 13:31

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There wasn't really any standardised design, as you can see from the variations in the images already shown.

This is in part because many barracks would be just repurposed other buildings, and of course building styles would vary over time and space as well.

You'd get to see thus the same variety as in any other type of building, but likely with a tendency towards larger blocky buildings, easily divided into similar sized rooms for use as quarters and offices, armouries and mess halls.

http://www.legerplaats.nl/breda/_breda.htm shows a Dutch barracks built in 1764, expanded in 1878, and still in use today (plus several others from the same era, including interior photographs). enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

Last image looks like a messhall, the furniture would of course have been different in the period you're after, but the layout shows clearly.


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