Sunday, March 15, 2009

--Old Regionalist Architecture

I took this shot in Montgomery's Old Alabama Town. The quintessentially Southern elements are largely in play: a big porch (on the northern exposure), numerous windows to promote cross-breezes, and a traditional foundation to allow shade. One element of this traditional architecture not likely to be replicated in newer architecture is the off-site kitchen. Though joined by a shared porch, the kitchen is housed in a separate building. This prevents the heat from spreading into the other living areas, as well as saves the rest of the house from destruction if the kitchen were to catch fire.

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