Like many things in life, architecture is constantly changing. Most homes in Florida follow the trend of architecture that was well-known at the time of their production. Here are two types of architectural trends that had their start in our own state of Florida.
The 1950s to the 1960s was the time for the builder, Joe Eichler’s mid-century modern style homes. Eichler blended the styles of Richard Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, two well known architects of this time period. Eichler built more than 11,000 homes in this style using processes that make the construction affordable yet still held a standard of impressive quality. Each home was built within a range of 1,100 and 3,000 square feet and had open floor plans, windows that stretched from the floor to the ceiling, post-and-beam exposure, and furnishings that were built in.
These mid-century modern homes are still just as popular today as they were back when they were originally being built. A biography of the late Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, states that because Jobs grew up in an Eichler-esque home, his inspiration for the design philosophy of Apple products comes from the homes’ modern aesthetic sensibility.
The first of the “new urbanists” homes began in the town of Seaside, Florida. Interesting fact about Seaside, it’s the first new, authentic town in the United States that was successfully built in more than 50 years. The land was acquired by Robert Davis in 1978 and built to mimic his childhood memories of beachfront cottages.
Davis hired Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany, architects from Miami. Plater-Zyberk and Duany developed a building code for the town of Seaside: galvanized metal roofs, picket fences, and screen porches, just to name a few. Even though the idea had been outdated in many surrounding suburban areas, the community was designed to be a walking district.
Because of Seaside great success, the architects applied these building principles to many other development projects and community revitalizations.