Hurricanes make history in Florida, and scholars often pursue Florida's violent weather to trace the state's development in relation to storms and, afterward, recovery. Since the colonial period, hurricanes have demonstrated their power to damage the region's economy by destroying property, lives, settlements, and cities. One storm in particular, the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, proved to be a furious and destructive event. Its death toll was high-its destruction merciless. It stands as a landmark in the history of the Florida Keys, but focusing on the storm's strength and tragic drama obscures other relevant consequences. It also made architectural history. This article, then, is a reflection on homes built and rebuilt in 1935-1936 as the Upper Florida Keys recovered from the hurricane-showing how the storm extended the reach of New Deal programs to unprecedented levels in an effort to save a traumatized community.
Hyland, Matthew G.
"The Florida Keys Hurricane House: Post-Disaster New Deal Housing,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 91:
2, Article 5.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol91/iss2/5