“Celebrating Florida Cracker Architecture”
Manatee Village Historical Park is opening a new exhibit in the 1912 Stephens Family Home on January 24. These panels will be a permanent installation that provides visitors with information about the settlers’ house. The exhibit will tell the history of the Stephens family, discuss the Florida pioneer lifestyle, explain Florida Cracker architecture, and detail the preservation efforts that took place in the early 1980s to save the house.
To celebrate the opening of this exhibit, Ron Haase will come to speak at Manatee Village Historical Park on Thursday, January 24 at 5:30pm.
Professor Emeritus Ron Haase taught architecture for twenty years at the University of Florida. His academic research focused on the old Cracker farmhouses of Florida. As an architect for the award-winning design firm, Haase Design, his work focused on designing contemporary houses that have a strong identity with the climate and culture of Florida’s small towns and rural lifestyle.
In his book, CLASSIC CRACKER: Florida’s Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture, Haase takes us on an intimate tour of the utilitarian wooden structures built by early settlers in North Florida. These houses, raised high off the ground and surrounded by shady porches, respond both to the warm climate and to the very idea of living side by side with nature in such a beautiful environment.
His new book, THE LAST HOUSE, returns to examine more fully the vernacular architecture of Florida, this time as a work of fiction. This novel tells the story of a married couple in Florida who build four houses over their life together, spanning from a Florida Cracker style home in Cross Creek to an art deco masterpiece on Biscayne Bay.
Before Haase’s talk at 5:30pm, The Stephens Family home will be open for self-guided tours of the exhibit from 4:30-5:15pm. After the talk, the exhibit will open again from 6:15-7:00pm, while a reception with light refreshments is offered out front of the house. Haase will be selling and signing his books.
This event is free and open to the public. The talk takes place in the 1887 Church. No reservations are required. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Manatee Village provides 12 sets of assisted listening devices, also on a first come, first served basis.
Manatee Village Historical Park is located at 1404 Manatee Avenue East (State Road 64) Bradenton, Florida. For more information call (941) 749-7165 or visit:
This public program is offered by producers: Manatee County Angelina “Angel” Colonneso, Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Department of Historical Resources and the Manatee County Historical Commission.
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