Category Archives: Preservation

Green Parking Lot Coming to the Capen House

Improving rain water absorption on property reduces saturation in our storm water containment and mitigation systems, so there is less chance of flooding after heavy rains. The Capen House recently moved to the grounds of the Polasek Museum and Sculpture … Continue reading

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Historic Church near Downtown Orlando Becomes Townhomes

In an unusual move for Orlando,  instead of razing a structure to build new, Mark Kinchla has transformed the former United Pentecostal Church near downtown into five townhomes. Each unit has three stories, a garage for two cars, its own elevator, exposed … Continue reading

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Historic Cameo Theater Gets AIA Florida Award

If you haven’t noticed, the Cameo Theater at 1013 East Colonial Drive has been restored and is the new home of the Snap! Orlando Photography Gallery. It also just received the AIA Florida 2015 Honor Award for Historic Preservation/Restoration. Originally … Continue reading

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Opposition to Condo Proposal to Build on Lake Eola Park

The plans, for a new condominium tower at the corner of Rosalind and Central in Downtown Orlando, call for demolition of two 1920’s era buildings that are on private property next to the park. Historic preservationists are critical of the … Continue reading

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Mid-Century Modern Treasures In Winter Park

While Modern Buildings from the 1960’s through the 1980’s may seem dated to an uneducated public, their sparse classic lines are quiet and stately, and still contribute to the upscale feeling of Winter Park. Some recent attempts to cover some modern buildings with … Continue reading

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Orlando 1920’s Landmark Train Station Restored

Last Week’s celebration highlighted the 2nd restoration of the Atlantic Coast Line’s railroad station built in 1926. The renovation undertaken by the City of Orlando, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Transportation, Orlando Health, Amtrak and The Collage Companies cost … Continue reading

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Winter Park Battles over Historic District Ordinances

The Historic Preservation Board of Winter Park has drafted revisions to their ordinances. The Winter Park City Council is now reviewing their proposals. The debate is heated. Many developers are fearful that they won’t be able to replace as many old … Continue reading

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Isabel Roberts Helped Shape Early Orlando Architecture

One of Orlando’s architects in the early 1900’s, was a woman, and a Prairie School figure. She was not the only female architect in town. Isabel Roberts practiced architecture in Orlando for over 30 years. Born in the mid-west in 1871, the … Continue reading

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Casa Feliz 9th Annual Colloquium on Historic Preservation

The 9th Annual James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on Historic Preservation will take place Saturday, May 16. This year’s keynote speaker, Sarah Susanka, is entertaining and dynamic, and the message of “The Not So Big House” is not only useful for those of … Continue reading

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Winter Park Argues Historic District

  There is a lot of heated debate over Winter Park residents wanting to designate the Orwin Manor subdivision as a historic district. Having lived in a neighborhood in St. Louis years ago, which became a historic district (Benton Park … Continue reading

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