A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 16, 2006
Florida Room

A “Florida room” is a room with lots of sunshine. It can be a screened porch or a room with lots of windows. The term is used in several states, but the Dictionary of American Regional English found greatest usage in Florida itself.


(Dictionary of American Regional English)
Florida room n. chiefly FL
A room with large windows used as a living room or family room.
1953 Washington Post (DC) 16 Aug sec B 3/3 (Hench Coll.) [Advt:] Glass-walled Florida room with two magnificent floor to ceiling window-walls (entered from living room).

21 January 1952, Fort Pierce (FL) News-Tribune, pg. 7:
$14,750, 90 ft. plot, 5 rooms, spacious Florida room, utility room, car porte.

20 September 1980, Chicago Tribune, “They’re ‘astamagootis’ in Iowa” by Frederic G. Cassidy, pg. W10:
Florida room: a Florida term for a sun room or screened porch.

Posted by Barry Popik
Florida (Sunshine State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Wednesday, August 16, 2006 • Permalink