52 Weeks Of Donna's Life

Donna's Photo Challenge

4 Architecture – and – 40 Shot in HDR


2441 So. Side of Hs - 2 Prch+

At the Manatee Village Historical Park there is a prime example of a house built in the “Cracker Gothic” style of architecture. Originally built and owned by the Stephens family, who lived in Hardee County, it was constructed of pine timber and heart pine blocks that were cut on the homestead. A fireplace supplied heating for the family. By raising the house about 2 1/2 feet, air circulated from under the house into the interior through cracks in the floor. Porches on three sides of the house cooled the breezes as they entered the house. A high-ceiling, central front hallway (called the “dog trot”) channeled the cooled air through the house. The pitcher pump on the back porch supplied water for the occupants.

This type of house was typical of a rural Florida home between the 1870’s and WWI.

2420 Frnt Entrnc+
All of these pictures were taken in HDR.

Front entrance looking into the long “dog trot” hall.

2429 No.Porch+

North porch of Stephens’ house.

2440 Front Porch+

Front porch is shown complete with rocking chair and swing. The bunting seen on front porch is part of a Halloween party the sponsoring group was having.


Author: donnagf1

An enthusiastic amateur photographer, I enjoy picturing the events, people, animals and things in my life. And so joining in the "52 Week Challenge" of interpreting life through a lens sounds as if it will be a lot of fun -- presenting my view through the lens and seeing how others in our photography group interpret their views concerning a given subject.

3 thoughts on “4 Architecture – and – 40 Shot in HDR

  1. What a cool old house. Interesting architecture. Like the natural cooling system.

  2. Nice pictures and interesting about the house. Where is the Manatee Village please – when I next visit Florida I would really like to go there. Thank you.

    • The Manatee Village Historical Park is situated on the south side of Route 64 (Manatee Avenue) on the east side of Bradenton. If coming west from Interstate 75 and approaching the village (close to its entrance and visible from the street), a large restored steam locomotive is located. The village itself is surrounded by a rather tall, black wrought iron fence.

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