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"Welcome to Helen's Place,"
a small "cracker style" home built near East Lake Tohopekeliga, in south Central Florida, remade into a bait and tackle shop. The cracker style houses in Florida were built in the 1800's to the early 1900's, with the sub-tropic heat in mind. Almost always a simple rectangle box shape with lots of windows for cross breezes, usually a "dog-trot" from the front to back door for the air to flow through, and a wide shaded porch to excape the high temperatures. The metal roof is also standard. The buildings were built off the ground with a large crawl space for further cooling (and animal housing) as well.

This particular house turned bait shack seems to have been rebuilt a bit, but I am including a link to a web site that describes the Florida Cracker House in greater detail, for those who are architecturally inclined. :o) Apparently this style is making a come back in modern home design in some places in Florida. Good idea.

(Old House Web: http://www.oldhouseweb.com/stories/Detailed/12106.shtml )

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