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Minnette de Silva climbing up to inspect concrete pillars and slab work of the De Saram house, Colombo

RIBA Ref No RIBA40998
Architect/DesignerDe Silva, Minnette (1919-1998)
CountrySri Lanka
Subject Date1957
Image Date1951
StyleModern Movement
Library ReferencePortraits
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditRIBA Collections
SubjectConstruction sites ; Architects

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