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A Visit to the Wright-Rosenbaum House in Florence,

P1030729APtravelnews-October-28th,-Florence, AL.–As part of our tour of Florence, AL. we were introduced to a few of the Museums of the city of Florence. The first location we visited was The Wright-Rosenbaum House Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the only Wright house in Alabama. The home is one of the earliest Usonian designs, the house has been called one of the purest examples of Wrights unique style. What we saw was a house that was built where design, form and function melded beautifully with its surroundings. One of the features (and there are many unique features for the  times is circulating piped hot water embedded in the concrete floor and heavy use of brick, glass and gorgeous Cypress wood that resists pest infestations. (footnote) I had taken in a course in Architecture in the 1960’s and remember thinking then after seeing a photo in my architecture school book was the Rosenbaum House. I admired it then and now was actually able to visit, some 53-years later.

For learned people, a terrific library is a must! Notice the indirect natural lighting!
For learned people, a terrific library is a must! Notice the indirect natural lighting!

When the house was completed in 1940 there was a view of the TN. River. Today other homes and trees have obscured that view, never-the-less the wonderful landscape today is in perfect sync with the house today. The home was expanded as the Rosenbaum family grew and Wright was asked to design an addition which he flawlessly created to match the original plan. From 1940 to 1999 the Rosenbaum families were the sole occupants. Today it is the property of the City and is a museum accessible to everyone. There is an admission charge. Go: www.wrightinalabama.com  www.florenceal.org  256-718-5050

Stay with us, see the next music oriented museums in our next posts!

One of the Wright designed wood chairs (an extra) sold for 35-thousand at auction. It was sold to pay for some repairs on the home.
One of the Wright designed wood chairs (an extra) sold for 35-thousand at auction. It was sold to pay for some repairs on the home.

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No ordinary home. The family were ensconced in a piece of modern, functional art!
No ordinary home. The family were ensconced in a piece of modern, functional art!
A side view!
A side view!

Florida’s Fishing Legends and Pioneers Book Will Hook You!

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APtravelnews.com October 11th, Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.—As an Author, speaker, radio and videographer, Doug Kelly found the niche he was always looking for when he visited and then moved to the Florida keys. Although he no longer lives there, just like me; the Keys stays in your blood forever. This book explores that niche and he has done an admiral job of portraying a broad history of the men and women that found that the keys lived up to its reputation as the fishy paradise that dreams are made of for outdoor adventurer’s.

I feel lucky to have known some of these down to earth legends and at least a couple of pioneers as well. What this 336-page book allows you to do according to Doug:  “turning the pages transports you through remarkable eras and lets you trace the amazing footsteps of important personalities, colorful characters and talented experts who molded the remarkable history of sport fishing in the southernmost part of Sunshine State. Doug says that comments about the book are welcome at www.Floridasfishinglegends.com It’s a wonderful book!

Florida Keys Matecumbe Historical Trust Event Coming Up

APtravelnews–August 19th, the Florida Keys–Barb and I lived in the Keys for 3-decades and every summer we stressed a bit wondering if we would have to worry about the Hurricane Season! Some years were quiet, some we had to evacuate. Then for us the big cane; Andrew more than made up for all the quieter years during Hurricane Season. Thats when I became Official Photographer for FEMA, after the big cane in the early 90’s. Well, the Keys was mostly spared, but south Miami and communities south did not! It was a major calamity in the scope of Hurricane Katrina, that slammed New Orleans and surroundings!

Well, there is an old saying that goes like this: If you forget the past, don’t be surprised when you are once again presented with it in the present (or something like that). The Matecumbe Historical Trust wants to make sure that history helps remind us all that we should never take any natural disaster for granted and that it is just a matter of time before the past is repeated! 
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