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HOMESTEAD HOUSES, ST. CROIX Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions 6/98 Part 1 Introduction At the request of George Tyson, of the St. Croix Landmarks Society, Caribb e an Vo lunteers Expeditions visited three Homestead Houses to document the ir physical conditions and take their photographs in June of 1998. This report contains cop ies of the drawings and photographs produced Three houses were included: 1. a house on the Queen Ma r y Highway, near Estate W h im 2. a house on R o ute 632 again near Esta t e Whim 3. a house in the Calquohoun area The drawin gs consist of floor plans, exteri o r elevations, sections, and interior elevations, and fr a m ing plans. Interior and exterior p hotographs w e re also taken H owever, two of the houses had dense vegetation around the exterior walls, and photogr a p hy was difficult. Further inf ormation on the homestead program is available in the report The Homestead Program on St Croix, 1930 1950 by Ge orge Tyson of the St. Croix Landmarks Society. CVE is a non profi t organiza t i on (501 ( 3 ) wh ich recruits volu nt eers to work with Caribbean preservation organiza t i on s on pre servation projects. Volu n t eers on this pr o j e ct included Anne Her s h Corni n g NY, Nancy Slavin, Stevens, PA and Carol Harris, Prospect Park, PA. Part 2 Des cription of the Houses Queen Mary Highway House Plan. This house c onsists of a long rectang le 14 feet wide by 38 feet wide. Originally there wer e three ro oms in a row w i th a front door to the central room. The partitions a re now mostly gone, with only some remains left. There was also a front porch centered on the building now also mostly gone In the rear is a n 8 foot by 7 foot kitchen approximately centered. Behind the kitchen wa s a cistern, which has been removed. The door to this kitchen is from a former exterior porch. There is evi d ence of a wide closet partition system (common to all the houses) Building Methods a nd Materials The house walls were built 12 stone pa rtially parged over on the exterior, and pla s tered on the interior The house probably had a wood joist flo o r which has been removed. The roof has 2 x 6 rafters with 2 x 3 ties with a low pitched hip configuration. Board sheathing is covered with corruga ted metal. The wi n dows

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HOMESTEAD HOUSES, ST. CROIX Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions 6/98 are missing their shutters or lou vers. Around the exterior of the windows is a unique molding detailed in concrete. Condition There are major c r acks in most of the walls. The floor has been r emoved ; h ow ever, the roof is still remaining. The kitche n area is missing its shed roof. Route 632 House Plan. This house is again a rectangle, 14 feet wide by 26 feet long with two r ooms. There had also been a front porch, which is now partially collapsed. A k itchen 8 fee t by 6 feet is on the rear, with a door to an exterior p o r ch. Again there is an adjoining cistern, the top of which is about 3 feet from the grade. Again we see parts of a clo set shelf unit w hich formed the separat ion between the two rooms. Building M e t h ods and Materials. The walls of this ho use are parged either block or concrete. The roof is a gable, with 2 x 6 rafters sheat h ing boards, and corrugated metal. The floor is framed with 2 x 6 ra fters about 24 inches on center and 1 x 6 flooring. There are still wood window and door jambs and several shutters with a recessed panels. A series of qu oins at the corners as well as fretwork from th e front porch were decorative elements on this build i ng. Th e re is original electric w i ring and some original electric devices. Condition. The house is in poor condition, with major cracks in the walls The floor though remaining, is also i n poor condition Part of the roof on the northeast corner has pu lled up from the w alls. The front porch is collapsed, and the rear porch is in poor condition. Calquohoun House This house app ears to have been lived in rather recently, and therefore, changes and additions were made to the house. Plan This house has a more complicated shape Again we find the basic 14 foot wide rectangle about 39 feet long with three rooms in a row, plus a protruding front room. In front are a covered porch and a front door to the central room. In the rear is a 6 foot by 8 foot kitchen, and behind that a cistern Also in the rear i s an enclosed room, w h i c h probably was not original. The six foo t high closet shelf parti t ion is still quite intact in this house. The k i t ch e n again has a concrete shelf.

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HOMESTEAD HOUSES, ST. CROIX Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions 6/98 Building Materials a n d Methods The walls are stone in an irregu lar pattern with some parging on th e ex t erior, and p la s ter on th e interior. The fl oor is framed in wood; and the roof rafters are again 2 x 6 sheathing boards and corrugated metal roofing. The roof is a hip. The front porch is framed with a shed roof, and has n ewer block for the railing. Many of the windows have newer aluminum louvered windows; and some of the doors are not original. This house also has remnants of the original electric wiring and fixtures. Part 3. Gen eral Discussion of Similarities in Construction Plan Plan. The houses each consisted of a basic recta ngle 14 feet wi de consist ing of two or three rooms. One of th e ho u s es was an L shape with a front room. Kitchen. Each house had a kitchen accessible form the back, and not through a door to the main living spaces. The kit c h e n s were small about 5 feet x 6 feet on the interior and had a built in concrete counter. P orch. All the houses had a front p orch about six feet wide exte nding over the front door. All houses also had a rear porch adjacent to the kitchen. Cis tern. Each house had a cistern, adjacent to the kit c h en and was partially above grade Construction Materials and Methods Walls: The w alls w ere ma sonry. In the case of the Queen Mary Highway, and the Calqouhoun Houses, the walls appeared to t i ally parged over. The Route 632 house was concrete or concrete block. Floors The floors were built from wood joists, 24 inches OC with wood decking Roof. The roof over the basic house is either a hip o r a gable. The roof over porches or th e kit chen was a shed. The r oof rafters are o on c e n ter in all cases. The roofing is galva n ized metal on board sheathing. Interior Partition s Interior partitions were wood boards on one side of studs about 6 feet high. The ho u s es had a unique system of closet shelf sy stem, which formed the partition between rooms D ecorative Elements Th ough th e houses are quite basic and unassuming decorative elements such as conc rete moldings at windows, qu oi ns a t the corners, or fretwork add sp ecial element s to each house

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HOMESTEAD HOUSES, ST. CROIX Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions 6/98 Electric The ho u s es all have evidence of an early electri c system Remnants of old wiring and fixtures remain. Condition The houses are all in very poor condition, with large cracks in the walls, and parts of the roofing missing. People had altered the houses over the years, including the addition of a room to the Route 632 house and changes to the windows, and doors.

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QUEEN MARY HIGHWAY SOUTHEAST INTERIOR NOR THWE S T INTERIOR

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QUEEN MARY HIGHWAY FRAMrnG KIT C H E N WINDOW

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ROUTE 632 FRONT PORCH QUOINS KITCHEN

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ROUTE 632 ROOF FRAMING WINDOW AND CISTERN INTERIOR

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CALQUOHOUN EAST-ENTRY PORCH NORTHEAST EAST WEST

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CALQUOHOUN SOUTH

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CALQUOHOUN KITCHEN INTERIOR INTERIOR INTERIOR