In this province, we do not expect Forest Service

visitors or employees to survive without air

conditioning. We do try, however, to learn from

the past that structures designed to suit the

climate require less energy (and money) to cool.

The structures of this province should be placed

harmoniously within the landscape to afford a

generous interplay with the many bogs, marshes,

and slow-moving rivers. Boardwalk entries and

buildings raised on pilings above wet earth

are only two possibilities to site buildings

within this ecologically rich

but fragile setting.


Figure of Utilitarian structure with:

• Effective ventilation and

• Large, operable openings


Figure of Toilet facility with:

Simple roof with effective,

protected ventilation


This province’s light-colored, airy structures

should also appear structurally light rather

than heavy. Gigantic logs and boulders are not

suitable for exposed posts, beams, or trusses.

Using smaller-dimension structural members

will complement the slender loblolly pines and

hardwoods of the forests.


Figure describing characteristics of a Ranger station/office:

• Simple hip roof with broad overhangs

• Broad porch in subtractive volume

• Extensive windows

• Raised structure

• Vegetation retained for shade or cleared for airflow

• CCC tradition


Figure of Picnic table with

thick planks (3–4")


Figure describes characteristics of a Utilitarian structure including:

• Main elements adhereing

to the Southeastern

expression while remaining

inexpensive and functional

• Effective screening with

landscaping and

• Open air flow


Figure describes characteristics of an Interpretive shelter:

• Simple, hipped roof form

• Openly expressed structure for maximum airflow


Figure describes characteristics of a Toilet facility:

• Simple gable roof

• Slender structure and

• Open screened ventilation




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