Map of Southeast Mountain Province States including:

Northwest Arkansas

Southern Missouri

Northern Alabama

Northern Georgia

Western South Carolina

Western North Carolina

Tennessee

Kentucky

Virginia

West Virginia

Maryland

 

OVERVIEW: CHARACTER OF THE SOUTHEAST MOUNTAIN PROVINCE BUILT AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENTS

Southeast Mountain Province

The Southeast Mountain Province contains every

type of building and structure, from quite simple

to very grand. There are frontier cabins, Native

American huts, elegant brick townhomes, metal

sheds, and the rustic structures built by the CCC.

The best of these structures provide intelligent

design responses to such factors as culture,

climate, topography, and ecology.

 

Building in the Southeast Mountain Province has

historically been attuned to climate, and climate

continues to be a key to designing for sustainability.

In a province with hot, muggy summers and cool,

wet winters, the climate presents maintenance

challenges. Buildings oriented to catch breezes

not only save energy but are more comfortable

for visitors and employees. Structures can be

placed to avoid or sit sensitively within

wetlands. This will preserve natural areas

while allowing visitors to enjoy them.

 

As summer visitation is very high in this

province, cooling and ventilation remain primary

concerns. Rustic-style structures that feature

unhewn logs and heavy stone foundations are

cooler. Siting and designing to capture vistas

is crucial, as is tucking structures into the

edges of forests (or off the crests of mountains)

to prevent silhouettes and preserve the view

from other points. Designing for durability is

vital because of the climate and because

of concerns about vandalism in these

heavily visited forests.

 

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