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A Year Of Home Building Progress

Creator: Paul Rogers (author)
Date: July 1933
Publication: The Polio Chronicle
Source: Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation Archives

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NINE new homes on the Foundation property so far this year shows a trend of development that was inevitable with the establishment of the Warm Springs center for the treatment of polio.


Each year shows an increase in the number of patients who have decided there is no place equal to Warm Springs as a part-time home. The reason for this urge is obvious. It offers them an opportunity to continue treatment or rest or swim, and at the same time lead a normal social life in their own homes. Here one's friends and acquaintances are never more than five minutes away. No city traffic to contend with -- the peace and quiet of the country, yet with a cosmopolitan group of neighbors drawn from all parts of the nation. No ice or snow, mild winters, sunshine the year 'round, cool summer nights. Is it any wonder that a polio, whether alone or with a family, loves Warm Springs as his or her home?


Some of these homes are being built along the edge of the deep ravine where the Little White House (Warm Springs home of President Roosevelt) is located. Others on level ground, but all in a setting of tall Georgia pines and oaks.


The custom of the South in construction and design predominates. Wide shaded verandahs -- because from April to November one's life is spent in the open. Living rooms and dining rooms have southern exposures and plenty of glass to let in the warm winter sun.


With the hundreds of acres owned by the Foundation, a home builder chooses a location to suit his fancy. Some prefer to be within easy walking (or wheeling) distance of our new Georgia Hall; others prefer the seclusion of a home reached only by a private road.


To those familiar with Warm Springs, the location of new cottages will be of interest. George MacArthur, of Rochester, N. Y., has built a home a few lots west of the Lee Pattison cottage. Directly to the east is the Marshall Denkinger home (Mrs. Denkinger was Frances Esty). Beyond Mrs. Orth's home, ground has been broken for the cottage of Cornelia Dewey, of Minneapolis, and a little farther up the road Alva Wilson, formerly of Massachusetts, is building.


Above the Little While House, the Stuart Chevalier home is nearing completion -- a spacious white-washed red brick place with verandahs hung over the deep ravine.


Still farther up this wooded ravine, Arthur Carpenter, Resident Trustee, and Keith Morgan, of New York, will build homes immediately.


A cottage built for rental purposes by Mrs. Orth is nearing completion. Mrs. B. H. Hardaway, of Columbus, Ga., who for years has owned a cottage near the Inn and spent part of her summers here, has completed a fine brick home on the high point where the Foundation property joins the Columbus highway.


There is a predominating note in all these homes -- convenience for polios -- wide doors throughout -- no steps.