Architect to speak on 'Cracker' houses

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:15 a.m.
Melrose- Ron Haase, Melrose resident, architect and author of "Classic Cracker, Florida's Wood Frame Vernacular Architecture," will talk about early North Florida architecture at the adult enrichment program at the Melrose public library Jan. 23.
Even before joining the faculty at the University of Florida, Haase became intrigued with Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' writings of Cracker Florida. After arriving in Florida, he embarked on what he calls, "a personal search for 'Cracker Florida.' " This led to a long-term study of Florida and its architecture. Haase became aware that Florida's unique architectural heritage had not been appropriately documented. His book fills that void.
Haase has received numerous awards for his energy efficient house designs based on the sound principles of Cracker Houses, thus showing that the vitality of these concepts are equally valid in today's world.
His program of slides and lecture begins at 7 p.m. Copies of his book will also be available for purchase.
The Library is at 312 Wynnewood Ave., directly behind the post office on State Road 21 north. For more information, call Sunny Corr at (352) 475-1488.

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