Title: West Tampa, Spanish and Cuban tenement houses.
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/SF70000228/00001
 Material Information
Title: West Tampa, Spanish and Cuban tenement houses.
Physical Description: 1 postcard ( 7 x 12 cm )
Creator: Tony Pizzo Collection ( Contributor )
Publication Date: 1895
Subject: Postcard ( Documentary Artifact, Communication Artifact )   ( nmc )
Tenement houses   ( lctgm )
Spatial Coverage: Tampa |z 1271000 |2 ceeus
Hillsborough County |z 12057 |2 ceeus
United States of America -- Florida -- Hillsborough County -- Tampa
General Note: The shotgun houses were built in 1895. Until 1910 these houses had no electricity, water or indoor plumbing. Lighting was provided by kerosene lanterns, water was carried in from a pump behind the house and chamber pots and an outhouse in back served bathroom needs. They were called "canones" (cannons) or "shotgun" houses because they were long, narrow-framed structures; a person could shoot a shotgun from front to back without hitting anything. A house rented for $1.50 to $2.50 a week or could be bought for between $400 to $900, depending on the size. Mr. Ybor devised a plan to encourage workers to buy their homes, allowing them to deduct a small amount from their paychecks each week. This system provided him with a stable work force and gave the workers pride of ownership. Although seemingly modest from the outside, upon entry the visitor finds the interior of these homes surprisingly spacious and elegant. With twelve-foot wooden ceilings, wooden floors and paneled walls, the casita has a gracious feel about it. Each room contains furniture from the early part of the century and recreates the lifestyle of this era. Of particular interest are the wood burning stoves and the old fashioned ice box in the kitchen. The houses were built from Florida pine with cypress- or cedar-shingle roofs. This architectural style was popular throughout rural America. It particularly lent itself to conditions in Florida because of its steeply-pitched roof and high ceilings, which allowed heat to rise, and its opposing, double-hung windows that provided cross-ventilation. The houses were also built on brick pilings, allowing air to circulate beneath.
Funding: Funded in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Ephemeral Cities Project.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: SF70000228
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of South Florida
Holding Location: University of South Florida, Tampa FLorida, Special Collection
Rights Management: All rights reserved. 2005.
Resource Identifier: P21-0232

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs