Heart and Soul of Florida, written by Elsbeth Gordon, looks at Florida’s “structures” and puts them into their historical context. It’s a look at Florida’s history through its buildings. These range from the pre-European Mount Royal to current religious and civic buildings – all beautifully represented in a number of photographs and illustrations. From the book’s description:
Gordon inspires the general and professional public to see Florida’s built environment as a rich continuum of history and identity that shaped and continues to impact Florida’s culture—from the mundane to the transcendent. These humanizing places, many of which endure permanently in the landscape, represent an “architecture of the soul.”
Elsbeth Gordon is a research associate at the Historic St. Augustine Research Institute and serves on the board of directors for the St. Augustine Archaeological Association. She is also the author of Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage.