WOLFSONIAN LIBRARY OBJECT OF THE WEEK: ARCHITECT ARTHUR L. WEEKS’ FLORIDA HOMES
For those of my readers living (or merely interested) in South Florida, I thought that I would highlight a rare architectural manufacturer’s catalog that museum founder, Mr. Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. and I saw at—(and which he then acquired for us from)—the New York Antiquarian Book Fair last April. Arranged and published by architect Arthur L. Weeks, the catalog promotes homes specifically designed with the Florida climate and living conditions in mind.
In his brief introduction, Weeks reminded potential Florida homesteaders that plans that might be “entirely satisfactory in the North” were not necessarily suitable for the land of “glorious sunshine and cool breezes.” Consequently, he encouraged those interested in building in Florida to consider the “placement of rooms in relation to prevailing winds,” cross-ventilation, as well as code compliant building materials and window options “designed to give adequate protection against occasional storms.” Towards that end, Weeks offered them a number of plans aimed at producing a “satisfactory” home. Below are a few of his plans.