Red Cross House Case
- Red Cross Houses and their Construction -
These  pages  by Jerry Wilkinson
Page 1

     After the 1935 Hurricane the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) constructed 29 concrete homes for residents who owned property and lost their homes in the hurricane. The residents had to own the real estate in their names. 

     There were one, two, three and four bedroom houses. The appearance was the same except the more the bedrooms, the longer the house. They were configured differently inside, but the width were the same. The side the front porch was on varied, but was the same size.
     The lower section is a water cistern divided into two side-by-side compartments. Each side could be isolated for cleaning. The walls, floors, partitions and roof were reinforced concrete. See page 2 for construction. 
     Above can be seen the effects of the salt water concrete and the steel reinforcement bar. Rusting caused the "spauling" of the concrete. 
     The outside walls are 12 inches thick and easily reparable. Above is a Red Cross home on the beach in Islamorada that has been repaired and modified (Note the front windows, etc.) Let's go and build a Red Cross house with these photos in mind. 
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