Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Key West, Florida Keys

Further down the East coast in Key West, the architectural style goes back in time somewhat with Art Deco influences alongside typical Southern American elegance. Stilted, wooden slatted structures are common in this area due to the hurricane risk, which enables the buildings to shift in harsh weather. They are beautifully constructed and display great detail in the decorative wood trimming which cover the fascias of all structures, putting Key West on the map for charming and stylised American architecture. I get a real sense of American building design in Key West, the quintessential white picket fence and porch are standard and a fresh, pastel palette of colours are evident - you get a distinct Southern feel where you know this place is like no other.

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