Outstanding Achievement: Conrad Schlender Cottage, Estero
The Conrad Schlender Cottage is a contributing structure in the Koreshan Unity Settlement Historic District and is an important example of the modest vernacular dwellings built from local materials for “pioneer” life in the early 20th century. Conrad Schlender (1876– 1965) was a member of the community since 1907 and is associated with the Koreshans’ industrial and agricultural heritage. He lived in the cottage from the 1930s for several decades and was one of the “Final Four” Koreshan members who lived out their days on the property. Before this work, the cottage was in a fragile state, with rotted siding and rusted metal roof, unstable foundations and a damaged interior. The work included the repair/ replacement-in-kind of the damaged building materials, thereby extending the life of this small but significant example of a Florida Frame Vernacular cottage that conveys the experience of communal life in the south Florida wilderness.
Outstanding Achievement: Glenn Curtiss Mansion, Miami Springs
The Glenn Curtiss Mansion Restoration/Rehabilitation Project was a major undertaking that balanced a respectful treatment of the historical character and significance of the building while providing modern amenities to repurpose its function. The result is a magnificent historical landmark in the City of Miami Springs that serves as both an aviation museum in honor of Glenn Curtiss, an aviation pioneer, and a cultural/educational/social/community/research center. The $4.5M restoration of the 1925 Pueblo-Mission Revival architecture style mansion was a labor of love and perseverance from the community that took over a decade to complete after a long period of neglect, vandalism and arson. It in reconstructing missing or severely damaged structural and design elements to match original configuration. The meticulous restoration work on this national treasure is truly outstanding and representative of R.J. Heisenbottle Architects’ design skills, in addition to the fundraising and preservation efforts demonstrated by the City of Miami Springs and Curtiss Mansion, Inc.
Outstanding Achievement: Miami Senior High School, Miami
Opened in 1928, Miami Senior High has played a role in the lives of generations of citizens throughout Miami, the state of Florida, and the nation. Known as “The Biltmore of Education,” its design includes grand interior spaces, open courtyards, colonnades and a fountain. There are several “signature spaces” that help to define the historic character of the school – the Theater, the Library, and the Gym being the three most significant. The Main Building and Gymnasium were designated as historic landmarks in 1991 and are on the National Register of Historic Places. Enhancement of the cultural and academic programs of the high school were greatly improved with the execution of the project. Zyscovich Architects collaborated with community leaders, M-DCPS, alumni and stakeholders to create a unified vision of the school’s rebirth. Wherever possible, the architects saved what was already there, painstakingly repairing and recrafting original Moorish and Byzantine details.
Outstanding Achievement: Vagabond Motel, Miami
The extensively restored Vagabond Motel exemplifies all the characteristics of the 1950s roadside motel. Today, it is considered among the finest examples of Miami Modern (MiMo) architecture in the surrounding MiMo Biscayne Historic District, as the project carefully restored all its character‐defining features. This includes the open‐air corridors, geometric pylons with perforated cutouts, overhanging roof lines, cantilevered staircases, bold neon signage, slumped brick, boxed ribbon windows, upward‐curving porte‐cochere, nautical fountain, mermaid and dolphin pool mosaics, and angled beanpole columns supporting a flying saucer projection above. The MiMo Biscayne Historic District is in the midst of a transformative renaissance. The restoration of the Vagabond Motel served as the catalyst. With the extensive rehabilitation completed in 2014, the Vagabond Motel is once again an icon for the Boulevard, not only in its restored architecture, but as a symbol of the strength and value of the role of historic preservation in community building.
Outstanding Achievement: Hopkins Marine Hardware Building, West Palm Beach
Built in 1954, Hopkins Marine was an established retailer in downtown West Palm Beach from 1928 until 2012 after the economy forced them to close their doors. Glidden Spina & Partners began their restoration in 2014. The exterior has been restored to its original 1950’s mid-century design but inside you can see where the design team juxtaposed the historic and the contemporary. New skylights emphasize the towering, two story space and its host of unique design features. These include an open staircase; custom designed floating wood walls, frameless frostless glass offices and dramatic light fixtures. The open, modern work environment features comfortable, informal gathering points and meeting areas which encourage people to engage and integrated technology is available throughout helping them to connect. At the entrance there is a kitchen with tables to encourage conversation and upstairs a pool table room and relaxation area. Glidden Spina & Partners has creatively and adaptively reused the Marine Hopkins Building, helping to preserve its history in West Palm Beach.
Meritorious Achievement: The Treasury on the Plaza, St. Augustine
The Treasury on the Plaza occupies the first floor of the former First National Bank Building, St. Augustine’s first and only skyscraper. The bank is a contributing building and anchor of the St. Augustine Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Opened in 1928, it was designed in the Mediterranean Revival Style by noted St. Augustine architect F.A. Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth, the city’s first preservation architect, later worked for the Carnegie Commission and the St. Augustine Historical Society. The owners have transformed the bank lobby into one of the premier wedding ceremony and reception locations in Florida. The stately banquet room retains the bank’s eight towering columns, marble floors, and luxurious architectural details soaring overhead to a vaulted ceiling. The Treasury is newly renovated with little change to the significant features of this beautiful, elegant and historic St. Augustine landmark.
Honorable Mention: Firestone Building, Gainesville
The building, constructed with Campville Brick, includes two separate parcels, each with about 5,000 sq. ft. of interior space, and an additional 5000 sq. ft. covered parking bay. Joyner Construction, Inc., General Contractors, were tasked with restoring Firestone while maintaining the original design and materials. The hallmark of the newly remodeled space is the River-Recovered® and reclaimed LEGACY Vertical Heart Pine provided by Goodwin Company, which surrounds a rectangle of reclaimed pine from the original building and an inlay of a fan medallion in the center. The completely renovated structure now houses the automated marketing company, Sharpspring, and features 4,000 sq. ft. of office space (two stories), a reception area, inside second floor balcony and a remodeled interior.
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Outstanding Achievement: Sanford Avenue Streetscape Project, Sanford
The Sanford Avenue Streetscape project is the result of an ongoing effort to revitalize the City’s historic downtown. Sanford Avenue, which served as the African American business district during segregation, had experienced economic decline and disinvestment in the period following World War II. Sanford Avenue, a major thoroughfare intersecting the main street, had lost its charm and character over the decades. In the name of “progress” travel lanes were widened, sidewalks width decreased, and brick streets were paved over with asphalt. The avenue offered little attraction for the pedestrian, with sparse vegetation and inadequate lighting. The Sanford Avenue Streetscape project encompassed a complete overhaul of the below and above ground infrastructure as well as aesthetics of the avenue. New utilities, trees, lighting, street furniture, brick streets and landscape, heritage markers, gateway feature and a linear park are among the improvements that were undertaken. With the realization of a $2.5M streetscape project, the avenue shines – its unique sense of place and charm is once again attracting visitors and residents to experience this long neglected commercial corridor.
Meritorious Achievement: Pollard Hall, Flagler College, St. Augustine
On August 21, 2014, the week before the beginning of the fall semester and after nine months of construction, Flagler College dedicated Pollard Hall, its new 18,600 square foot, $7,331,500 academic complex. Built in the St. Augustine Town Plan National Historic Landmark District, the construction added three compatible Spanish colonial designed buildings linked by two courtyards with gardens. The complex fits within St. Augustine’s 35’ height maximum and addresses the setback, scale, mass, design and materials of neighboring Spanish colonial and Victorian-era residential and commercial buildings. A tribute to the city’s Menorcan heritage was preserved as part of the project. Nelson Pollard, a member of the college’s class of 1972, provided the lead gift for the new project; 50 private gifts totaled more than $5 million. Pollard is a great-great nephew of Henry Flagler and a descendant of the Kenan family.
Outstanding Achievement: TOUCH St. Augustine “Braille Trail”, St. Augustine
In 2014, the St. Augustine Art Association unveiled a new installation of Braille markers for the public sculptures in the town’s historic district. The TOUCH St. Augustine project, an acronym for Tactile Orientation for Understanding Creativity and History, was developed through a grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida. This unique “Braille Trail” highlights five statues that represent important figures in St. Augustine’s past, from its founding to the Civil Rights Era. The bronze markers were individually crafted with a raised tactile diagram, historic text and Braille translations, and mounted on a coquina base. Inspired by the Art Association’s annual Tactile Art Show for the Blind, this public art accessibility project was created in partnership with Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind and other community groups and launched to commemorate St. Augustine’s 450th Anniversary. The new signage offers the blind population a valuable educational tool with which to discover the City’s artistic treasures and raises awareness of the importance of making our landscape and the arts accessible to all.
Outstanding Achievement: City of St. Augustine Historic Landscape Improvements
The City of St. Augustine and partners in the community completed three projects valued in excess of $4 million to improve the historic downtown landscape and celebrate 450 years of history. These projects preserve, interpret, and improve access within the Town Plan which is the reason the city was honored with National Historic Landmark designation in 1970. The City of St. Augustine has finished work to reinterpret the physical streetscape with the Historic Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines that specifies paving materials for the driveways and sidewalks, street furniture, and landscaping using historical references and a compatible contemporary program; implementation of these guides through selected streets with the Downtown Improvement District and Transit in Parks Pedestrian Improvements projects, and the design and installation of 54 pedestrian Wayfinding signs to orient the public and educate visitors on the vast history in the city’s historic districts, buildings, and illustration of the Town Plan.
Outstanding Achievement: Cemetery Resource Protection Training program (CRPT)
The Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT) program, developed by the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s (FPAN) Northeast Regional Center at Flagler College with assistance from all eight FPAN Regions, is on solution to the statewide historic cemetery crisis. While national organizations and local governments seek to resolve the crisis through various preservation resources, those solutions can be expensive, unavailable, not germane to Florida, or not suitable for non-professional audiences. Driven by community need, FPAN staff facilitated 36 daylong workshops statewide in the past three years. Key outcomes include a recognized increase in cemetery recording and stewardship, establishment of a supporting CRPT Alliance, successful implementation of a CRPT annual meeting, and program standardization within FPAN. CRPT is highly transferable within Florida, and other states may wish to adopt it as well.
Meritorious Achievement: “At the Corner of Whitehead and Greene…”, Key West
”At the Corner of Whitehead and Greene” is an exhibit located in the Audubon House in Key West. The house was constructed by the Geiger family nearly 150 years ago. This exhibit captures the lives of the many generations of Geiger family members who inhabited the house and lived in Key West. Oral histories were recorded from descendants and furniture, books, toys, and other items that belonged to the family were purchased for the exhibit. Years of primary research were compiled into exhibit panels that would for the first time explain the early St. Augustine roots of the Geiger’s, John Huling Geiger, his brother Henry of Geiger Key, slavery on the site, as well as giving early views as far back as the civil war of the House with its now lost cupola.
Meritorious Achievement: Georgetown Heritage Markers and Cultural Corridor Seat Cubes, City of Sanford
The Georgetown Heritage Markers and Cultural Corridor Seat Cubes brings to light the history of Georgetown, a historically African American neighborhood located on the east side of downtown in the City of Sanford. The historical narratives created as a result of the project provide insight into the development of the neighborhood – the experiences of its residents, the strong connection to its churches, and the development of its business district. The heritage markers and seat cubes are a focal point of the recently completed $2.5M Sanford Avenue Streetscape project. Dispersed along a six block stretch of the City’s downtown, the heritage markers encourage the reader to walk the full length of the corridor to learn more about the City’s rich African American history. Within the linear heritage park, cleverly designed “educational” seating provides an area for the visitor to relax and enjoy the historic buildings, brick streets, charm, and sense of place in this historic section of the City’s downtown.
Meritorious Achievement: Preservation Winter Park blog
In May 2013, the Board of Directors of the Friends of Casa Feliz made the decision during its annual strategic planning meeting to become more active in preservation advocacy. The board decided to begin a blog called Preservation Winter Park, to bring historic preservation issues to the public attention, and to fill the unmet need for intelligent discussion on historic preservation issues in the city. The goals of the Preservation Winter Park blog are to alert the public to endangered building in Winter Park, educate the public on the need for stronger preservation ordinances, celebrate preservation successes, attract buyers to threatened structures, and to catalyze public dialogue on important preservation issues. While none of these goals will ever be ‘finished’ (i.e., there will always be a need to highlight endangered buildings and to continuously improve our historic preservation practices), the blog has been incredibly effective in helping the organization pursue each of its stated goals.
Meritorious Achievement: St. Petersburg African American Heritage Trail
Heritage trails are a valuable cultural resource and important component of historic preservation and heritage tourism. The City of St. Petersburg, in partnership with the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg, Inc., invites you to experience St. Petersburg’s African American Heritage Trail. Generally located at the intersection of 22nd Street and 9th Avenue South, St. Petersburg’s African American Heritage Trail includes 22 interpretive markers along two (2) historic sections of the community. The 22nd Street South Trail highlights Community, Culture, and Commerce; the 9th Avenue South Trail highlights Faith, Family, and Education. In addition to the site markers, a companion website and virtual tour is available online. The project was financed in part with historic preservation grant assistance provided by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and administered through the Bureau of Historic Preservation, Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State.
Honorable Mention: Jacksonville’s Legacy African-American Heritage Trail/Jacksonville Historic People and Places
The booklet entitled Jacksonville’s Legacy is a 60‐page document that guides the reader on a comprehensive journey from colonial Jacksonville to the 20th century. Readers learn about many notable historical figures that lived in Jacksonville such as Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha M. M. White, James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson, Hank Aaron, A. Philip Randolph and Ray Charles. Through the pages of the booklet, the reader visits the original parks that were built especially for African‐Americans. Readers also visit the black hospital, ballpark, college and several landmark churches. History buffsvare delighted with the multicultural historical timeline that summarizes many of the important events of Northeast Florida from 1513 to 2011. Jacksonville’s Legacy educates, entertains and encourages visitors and residents to tour the city to learn even more about the unique places, people and the rich history that’s waiting for each generation to discover.
Honorable Mention: “Ponce de Leon’s Discovery Timeline” by Sam Turner
The year 2013 was the 500th anniversary of Ponce de León’s 1513 voyage of discovery to Florida. During that year, Dr. Sam Turner, the Director of Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum wrote a 30 column bi-weekly newspaper series on the voyage called Ponce de León’s Discovery Time Line published by both the St. Augustine Record and the Tallahassee Democrat. The column was written in a chronological manner so that the public was getting a “500 years to the day” update on the voyage at two week intervals. This was done so that the reading public could imagine themselves along on the voyage and give them an appreciation for how long the voyage took and the time that went by between important events that occurred during Ponce’s 1513 voyage. “Ponce de Leon’s Discovery Timeline successfully combined authentic scholarly research with a narrative style that was both informative and entertaining, bringing many questions and issues about the 1513 voyage to light for all the Florida reading public.
Outstanding Achievement: University of Florida, Gainesville
The Florida Trust recognizes the University of Florida for its outstanding achievement in their stewardship and commitment to preserving the history of its campus. Beginning with the 1960’s establishment of the College of Architecture’s historic preservation program, second oldest in the United States, the College’s graduates have played leadership roles in the field at the national, state and local levels. Nine campus buildings were listed on the National Register in 1979; ten years later these buildings formed the core of a National Register Campus Historic District. Subject to developmental review by Florida’s Division of Historical Resources under a landmark Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement unique within the State University System, the University’s stewardship is seen as a model. A recent Getty Foundation grant has resulted in the University’s adoption of a long-term preservation plan for Florida’s flagship university.
She organized the Venice Area Historical Society; during one of her terms as president, the Historic Venice Train Depot was rehabilitated and dedicated. She has served on the Venice Historical Commission, the Venice Historic Preservation Board, and the Sarasota County Historical Commission. She coordinated the 100th Anniversary Bertha Palmer Celebration, appearing 61 times as Bertha. She helped keep the John Nolen Plan alive in Venice, inspiring a WEDU documentary. She is currently president of Friends of the Sarasota County History Center.
Carl D. Halbirt, St. Augustine
The award for “Individual Distinguished Service” comes as Halbirt celebrates his 25th anniversary as city archaeologist for St. Augustine. Over the past 25 years, Halbirt and volunteers have excavated and analyzed artifacts from more than 720 sites. Halbirt recruited and trained volunteers in archaeological field methods and for those interested, there were opportunities in lab analysis (faunal remains, ceramics, shell, metal) as well as mapping features, soil profiles, and learning to operate now-arcane equipment such as a theodolite used in setting up grids for each site.
Undergraduate and graduate students have participated in field work and analysis, and then decided to use City of St. Augustine data for their thesis or dissertation. Some half dozen such projects have been accomplished, with Halbirt mentoring students and/or serving on their committees.
Halbirt also has written prolifically, for newsletters, journals, books, and has given numerous papers at professional conferences. His most significant work to date is his chapter in a themed volume in 2004 of Historical Archaeology 39(3):33-48, entitled “La Ciudad San Agustín: An Eighteenth-Century Fighting Presidio.” In that journal, Halbirt was the only author to represent St. Augustine’s history to “the other coast.”
Leslee Keys, Ph.D.
Flagler College nominated Dr. Leslee F. Keys for her thirty plus years of experience developing and teaching historic preservation courses, using historic buildings and archaeological sites in her local history courses, introducing preservation experts to her students and community, and directing special programs for lifelong learning in the greater St. Augustine community. She has been actively involved in historic preservation in Florida since 1984 and developed curricula in Jacksonville, Key West and St. Augustine. She taught in those cities and was guest faculty for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and for UF’s Preservation Institute: Nantucket. She has made more than 50 academic presentations and 30 community presentations about historic preservation in 40 cities in 10 states and Washington, D.C. Presentations on Florida preservation topics have been made in more than 25 Florida cities and in Washington, D.C., Indiana, and Kentucky. She merits this award for excellence in preservation education.
George Neary, Miami
George Neary has been Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1998. He is in charge of the creation and implementation of a new arts and cultural program for Miami-Dade County. He directs promotional programs which encourage and increase visitor attendance at local cultural events and attractions. His job also includes creating linkages and partnership between Greater Miami businesses and the arts community. His targets are cultural tourism, heritage tourism and gay & lesbian tourism.
Prior his current position, George was the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League of Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for creating marketing and public outreach programs to preserve the historic Art Deco District, better known as South Beach for seven years. He continues to activism in preservation by assisting on projects with MDPL. He is currently serving as a Trustee for Dade Heritage Trust, a board member of Dance Now!, a past Trustee of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places, a board member of The Ancient Spanish Monastery, a former board member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Chair of The Miami Beach Sister Cities International Miami Beach Committee, and a member of The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Additionally, he has been and Advisor from Florida to The National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. for more than 8 years. He has served as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College and the Chair of the Board of Advisors at Design and Architecture Senior High School.
He received his B.A. in History from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Robert S. Carr
Robert S. Carr is a graduate of Florida State University with a Masters of Science. He has worked as an archaeologist with the State of Florida’s Division of Historic Sites, National Park Service (Southeastern Center), and as Miami-Dade County’s first County Archaeologist. He also has served as Director of Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Division, and since 1999, has been the full time director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy. He has also served as editor of the Florida Anthropologist.
His research has focused on the archaeology of Southern Florida and the Bahamas. Important Florida projects and articles on prehistoric sites include the earthworks of Lake Okeechobee, Ortona Canal, the Miami Circle, Cutler Fossil Site and Everglades tree islands. Important Florida historic site projects include the Ferguson Mill site, Fort Dallas, and Fort Van Swearegen. Bahamian projects and themes include the discovery of the Loyalist settlement of Carleton on Abaco, nineteenth century white Bahamian homesteads in Miami, African-Bahamian homesteads in Cocoanut Grove and Crane Hammock. Among his most important Bahamian discoveries was the first site of Eleutherian Adventeurs at Preacher’s Cave and Eleuthera.