As a decorator and design consultant, I was interested in the history of the house in the style of old Florida and Florida, including the style of Old Florida Cracker house. So I started my research in an old country road in Florida. I have found that Florida is not only rich in heritage and rich culture and architectural design.
Florida kaleidoscope of many nationalities as Spanish, British, French, Italian and Cuban and it was a lot of influences on architectural styles with them. Settlers also came from other countries, such as South Carolina, New York and Louisiana. This diversity of cultures has influenced the architecture and style of the decoration of many buildings, historic hotels and Florida homes.
Florida's first settlers were actually Native Americans. Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer, was the first to discover in Florida in 1513, landing in St. Augustine, the nations oldest city. St. Augustine also & # 39 is home to the Hotel Casa Monica, Moorish revival and Spanish Baroque-style hotel.
Fernandina Beach on the East coast of Florida promotes Floridian sea port village with cobbled streets, Victorian homes decorated in the style and beach cottages.
Breakers Hotel in West Palm Beach with a & # 39 is a grand hotel Old Florida Italian Renaissance, built by real estate and railroad magnate Henry Flagler in 1894, 75 craftsmen were brought from Italy, to complete the miraculous painting of the ceiling of the main lobby.
Another popular design Florida-style houses were home to the Renaissance and the Mediterranean style & # 39; I found two old Winter Park and Coral Gables neighborhoods. In addition, the architecture of the mid-century, based on the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright, was popular in Sarasota and Fort Lauderdale.
Miami National Historic District 1950-60 reflects the architectural styles such as Mediterranean Revival, Art Deco and Miami Modern (MIMO) style.
Do not forget the old Florida style homes in Key West as Ernest Hemingway's House, a lovely house in its day, adorned with French and Spanish furniture. Key West also boasts the famous home of President Harry Truman; It is known as the Little White House. This Victorian style house, in which many of our presidents have visited. Key West is well-known in the style of the sink at home, introduced by immigrants from the Bahamas. Conch house & # 39 is the architectural style of the house with own sea shells, framing, low gabled roofs and large verandahs.
In Sarasota, the Ringling John, with the Ringling Brothers Circus, built a mansion in the Italian Renaissance style, modeled the palace in Venice, Italy.
Tampa Bay Hotel, located in Tampa, was built by Henry Plant, railroad tycoon. The hotel also uses Spanish Moorish revival architecture.
Old Florida is also included in the mid-19th century revival of the classic Florida plantation style house, like the house in Ellenton Gamble Plantation, the only surviving antebellum mansion near St. Petersburg.
Old style Florida home was not only one of the most beautiful, elegant old hotels in the world; He also had some laid-back, simple houses. One of the most famous of the & # 39 is the Florida Cracker vernacular style of the house, which reflects the green design with the use of local natural resources and is designed to withstand the environment in Florida.
These houses were comfortable in the heat of Florida, as they were built of earth, so cooling air can circulate around them. They also had high tin gabled roof to reflect heat shaded wrap around under & # 39; porches with extended lines and a plurality of roof boxes to cross ventilation. Cracker house, now called «Cracker Chic», is making a comeback in the south with the latest developments.
The next time when you are traveling in Florida, why not take a side trip to some of these historic treasures? Better yet, take the scenic Old Heritage Highway Florida, rich in natural beauty, where you can watch the pastoral countryside and explore the historic Florida old-style house as the Cracker house of the famous writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in Cross Creek, an environment that attracts writers, poets and artists. A place that will restore your spirit and refresh your soul. Happy travels!
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