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Hello, my name is Brad Roberts and I am trying identify the style of a house I own in Florida, USA, that was built in 1930. It is a near copy of a house that existed in Surrey, likely in or near Ashtead. In fact, the original builder of my house named it Ashtead.

The builder of my house was Cassandra Sweeting, born in Pinner, England. She was visiting relatives in the area in 1929, saw this house and decided to recreate it as her new home in the U.S. The house is located in Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A. and it has an unusual layout in that it is angled in two places at 45 degrees, as does the original in Surrey. This style is known as a butterfly plan or suntrap house.

The house has been nominated to the National Register for Historic Places because this style of architecture is so unusual in the U.S., but we are having difficulty documenting the architectural style.

Here are some photos of the original house; they are not very good, but clear enough to see what it looked like from the front and the back. Click on any picture to see a larger version.

Original house front facade Original house front facade.

Original house front facade Original house front facade.

Original house rear showing the open porch to the right Original house rear showing the open porch to the right.

The Florida house floorplan The Florida house floorplan.

The Florida house today The Florida house today.

If you can provide any information, I'd be most grateful if you would email me .

The photographer of these pictures, taken in 1929/30, has not been located and ACMS would like to give credit for publication. If you know the photographer, please let us know and we will address this issue.

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