Thursday, April 19, 2007
The Carpenters' Home
The Carpenters' Home in Lakeland was a retirement home for members of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, before Social Security. Built between 1926 and 1929 at a cost of $1,000,000, the home could accommodate 400 retired carpenters. There is also a Carpenters' Home Cemetery in Lakeland.
Several unions have built homes or communities in Florida for the benefit of their retired members (see previous posts about Salhaven and Nalcrest, for example).
(1920s photographs of the Carpenters' Home and gateway from the State Archives Florida Photographic Collection)