Florida's Antebellum Homes

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Florida's antebellum architecture reflects the state's singular history and the realities faced and enjoyed by her early citizens. Threats from Native Americans dictated that the homes of early frontiersmen incorporate in their design defensive features, and many felt the need to locate within small towns. Many planters held close family and business ties with the older, more established South, which encouraged elaborate homes that could easily fit into the plantation architecture of South Carolina, Georgia, or Mississippi. Influences from the state's two ruling countries-Spain and England-also gave way to unique design. Florida's Antebellum Homes features images of buildings that incorporate various combinations of these design features. In addition, some of the public structures shown here reflect the emerging senses of personal affluence, civic pride, and political development. Unfortunately, some of these buildings no longer exist; they fell prey to natural catastrophes, unbridled expansion, and the relentless march of Florida's exacting climate. Many, however, remain in pristine condition and invite the public to appreciate them today, much as earlier Floridians reveled in their stateliness.
ISBN: 9780738516172
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Images: 200
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 9.75 (h)
Lewis N. Wynne and John T. Parks have come together from different backgrounds to produce an engaging volume of social, political, economic, and, of course, architectural significance. Wynne, author and historian, is the executive director of the Florida Historical Society, the Historic Rossetter House Foundation, and the Florida Historical Library Foundation. Parks, a principal architect, is a member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Florida Historical Society. Their passion and experience make this book an invaluable read for any history or architecture aficionado.
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