Welcome to the ‘Hurricane House’, stop #13 on the Islamorada Historical Heritage Monument Trail.
After the ‘Great Hurricane’ of 1935, the Red Cross & Works Progress Administration (WPA) constructed 26 houses for Islamorada families. Built to be “hurricane proof,” they consisted of poured concrete and steel. Several hurricane houses still stand throughout this vicinity today. The doorways stand high above the ground (seen below in a historical photo); the foundations are 18″ thick; there are large cisterns beneath the floors to store fresh water. The cisterns hold enough water to sustain a small family throughout the dry season.
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