The Waldo Historic District consists of dwellings, churches, and commercial structures. Most of the district reflects the development of this north Florida community during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The majority of buildings in the district are Frame Vernacular style structures constructed between 1860 and 1950. Others include Craftsman Bungalows, a school, and two churches.
A significant percentage of the Waldo Historic District consists of Frame Vernacular style buildings. These include two-story houses, Craftsman Bungalows, a school, and two churches.
These homes were built in the late 1860s and early 1870s. They were constructed of native yellow pine with a balloon frame structural system and were commonly mounted on brick piers. They typically had a single front or side gable roof and horizontal drop siding.
They also had a covered veranda and gable wing. They were often adapted for additions as families grew or added indoor bathrooms, kitchens, and central heat and air conditioning.
They were popular among middle class households because of their low construction costs and adaptability to additions or alterations. They were also common in Florida where the climate was relatively mild and many people worked outdoors during the summer.
Bungalows are one-story houses that originated in India (the name is derived from the Hindustani word bangalo). These homes were originally designed to shield houses from the sun, with wide porches and overhanging eaves.
During the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s, bungalows quickly grew in popularity. Pattern books and complete mail order house kits were widely available, making the style readily attainable for homebuyers.
Today, bungalows continue to be popular among first-time homebuyers, young families, and seniors who want to downsize. But their small size can have its drawbacks, including limited square footage and privacy issues.
Many homeowners choose to add trees or other foliage around the property, obstructing windows and offering more privacy. Nevertheless, the open floor plan can create challenges for those living with roommates or other family members.