Lake Worth, FL, October 16, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- The recently published book, “A Tour Of Historic Lake Worth Florida; Its Cottages & Architectural Treasures” is now available on Amazon.com. The book is a must-have paperback for Lake Worth residents and those interested in the development of South Florida. Designed and conceived by Walter Harper, and written by Marion Cone, it includes a brief history of Lake Worth dating from 1880, highlighting historic cottages, churches, municipal and commercial buildings.
Descriptions include bungalow, shingle, masonry and Colonial Revival styles, as well as Mediterranean and crossovers into art deco. All are actually Florida vernacular, built between 1915 and 1935. The cottages and buildings included in the book are representative examples of this unique Florida town within the Historic Districts which are on the Lake Worth Register of Historic Places, a useful jumping off point to explore this unique town by walking, biking or by car.
The plentiful black and white illustrations, mostly photographed by Walter Harper, include a section on architectural vocabulary that illustrate the specialized terms used in descriptions such as Clipped Gable or Jerkinhead Roof, Knee Brackets, and Pent Roof, as well as more familiar terms: Asbestos Shingles and Shed Roof. Also included are maps of the Historic Districts, and a street map of the town itself. Additionally, chapters on “How Do I Research My House” and “What Is a Landmark?” round out the information.
The historical reference charts early settling of the town by Samuel and Fanny James, believed to be former slaves from Georgia, who in 1880 purchased 187 acres. By 1910, the push on land speculation began. In 1914 real estate ads advised that a “Spanish style house could be had for $3,200 and a five room stucco house for $12,000.” Lake Worth continued to grow until the crash of 1928; in 1929 Mayor Toot optimistically tried to attract buyers with the slogan, “Where summer spends the winter.”
This well-written and attractively designed book is a labor of love by two Lake Worth residents. It explores the town in an interesting way: architecture and local history are a perfect match. Proceeds from the book sales are earmarked for donation to the Lake Worth Library and The Lake Worth Historical Museum. It is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
About the Authors
Nebraska native, Marion Cone worked extensively in historic preservation. In addition, she has raised funds to purchase and organized an historic house museum, founded a branch of the Victorian Society, served on national boards and consulted on restoration projects nationwide.
Walter Harper was born in Long Island, NY, relocating to New York City where he became an award-winning graphic designer specializing in book covers – of which he has designed more than 8,000. He also had a rewarding career in the theatre, and on the concert stage, and designed sets and costumes while performing in the productions themselves.