The Hall of Giants
Sexton's architectural vision for Florida was not only "of the hill," or more accurately, "of the dune," it suggested that life for a gentleman in those early Florida days was not unlike that of Robinson Crusoe. He built his homestead, an inn, the Hall of Giants, and the Spanish Kitchen of driftwood, heart-of-the-pine, stained glass, limestone, wrought iron, odd chunks of architectural and other beach salvage, and unmatching many-shaped colored tiles. Inside the Hall of Giants, the society of McKee and Sexton downed many a round, round a mahogany table made of the largest single plank of mahogany in the world.
Though it is not known whether the original table will be re-acquired for the new Hall of Giants, one thing is certain, the plank will never return to the tree.
|The wood being used to rebuild the Hall of Giants is heart-of-the-pine from a supply still remaining at the Sexton ranch. Not a typical modern Florida building project, McKee Botanical Garden has carpenters from the north with experience in historical and rustic building working on the Hall's refurbishment.|
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