I also noticed the open foundation on columns - not high enough to do much against severe flooding, but very practical for encouring a breaze which cools the building a bit. And, of course, the wide covered porches, which also have the same effect.The architecture there is so well-suited to the Gulf Coast, it's painful. With modern heating and air conditioning, there's less need for practical architecture like that, and we lose something wonderful in the process.
My own house (1928) is built on a pier-and-beam foundation like that. The water table is too high for subterranean basements generally, and pouring a concrete slab, although standard practice now (easy and cheap), invites expensive trouble 10-20 years down the road. Pier-and-beam is the way to go for residential construction.I also noticed the open foundation on columns - not high enough to do much against severe flooding, but very practical for encouring a breaze which cools the building a bit. And, of course, the wide covered porches, which also have the same effect.
Not uncommon. The most famous example was The Father Ryan House down the beach, check out the palm growing through the front steps,
His severe facial neuralgia eventually affected his left eye.This is a rare photo showing the left side of Davis' face. He had a diseased left eye that troubled him for years, hence paintings and photos generally show the right side of his face. (probably another reason to take this photo from a distance.)
I cant remember what the condition was in his left eye. He endured many treatments including mercury eye drops!
While I detest Alexander Stephens' politics, and think he had some crazy ideas, I've had a soft spot for the man ever since I read Our One Common Country: Abraham Lincoln and the Hampton Roads Peace Conference of 1865. That book goes into quite a bit of detail about Stephens' background. Despite his noxious views of the black race, in his personal life he was one of the kindest masters in the South. He searched out and bought missing family members of his own slaves, so their families could be reunited, even though he didn't actually need any more workers, and lost money by doing so. He cared for them into their old age -- as they later did him. Breaking the law, he taught them to read and write. After the war, when he released them, none of them wanted to leave.He was so very frail and sickly that a visitor meeting him for the first time in 1861 mistook him for a wizened up little old lady!
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