Read February preservation news and updates from the Florida Trust.
February 2017 e-Newsletter
What's Your Florida Preservation Story?
Our big goal this year is to better e ngage with our community of supporters to protect Florida's extraordinary history and heritage.

We are getting started by asking what's important  to you. You can let us know by submitting a nomination for the 2017 Florida's 11 to Save , the listing of the state's most endangered historic sites, or by submitting a Preservation Award nomination (both nominations are due this Friday, March 3, by the way!).

We want to hear your stories. On January 20, we took the call to social media in a post that said, " The Florida Trust represents a big state full of different people, histories and unique stories. In an effort to build our knowledge of this unique history and better understand our members, we are asking that you share your preservation story with us."

This is how the story of The Franklin Redd House, a 100-year-old home turned into a pre-school in Sarasota, found us. The home belonged to Frank Redd, Sarasota County's first prosecuting attorney, and had been moved by Redd's son to its current  location in the 1930s. These men were descended from Isaac Alderman Redd, an early pioneer in Sarasota.

"The house now has a new life as a small child care center. 
Finding new uses for historic buildings that contribute to the community is a great way to save these structures," said Robin 
Fehnel Schmidt, who along with her husband is the new owner of the house. "Sarasota has lots of history, but often the historic spotlight goes to the powerful and influential families like the Ringlings, the Palmers and the Selbys. Pioneer families don't get as much attention."

We also learned about Edna Pearce Lockett, another pioneer who was named to the  Florida Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1998. Born in 1908 she grew up on a ranch near the Kissimmee River and became a distinguished cattle rancher, a Florida legislator and a pioneer for women.

Edna Pearce Lockett
Edna Pearce Lockett
In 1993 the Circuit Court of Highlands County held a hearing on the proposed gift/sale of the Pearce Lockett estate to the South Florida Water Management District. The transaction was approved on the condition that SFWMD commit in writing to transfer the Lockett residence and other historical sites to a Florida agency that would preserve the sites and keep them open to the public. 

For more than 20 years SFWMD has been unsuccessfully trying to find a state or federal agency to take over and maintain the historic site. There remains interest in preserving this historic site, and Highlands County has announced it will accept public bids through 2 p.m. on March 22, 2017. Interested? Learn more about this piece of Florida history that is for sale

Please con sider the historic places that make Florida special for you, and share those stories (and photos!) with us. Learn more and feel free to share with us on our social media, #MyFloridaStory.

Melissa Wyllie is the Executive Director of the Florida Trust for Historic  Preservation, the non-profit dedicated to protecting Florida's extraordinary history and heritage. @MSWyllie

Florida Historic Preservation in the News

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Begins 2017 with New Leadership, Focus on Mission and Plan to Engage its Community 
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation began the year with a new executive director and a renewed commitment to connect with, protect and share the diverse historic places throughout the state. Melissa Wyllie began the year as the new executive director of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and u nder her new leadership the Florida Trust will connect with a broader community to protect places of architectural, historic and archaeological importance throughout the state.

Cuba Past and Present - Dates for the 2017 Florida Trust Trip to Cuba Announced
Please save the date for the 2017 Florida Trust trip to Cuba, which will be October 1 through 7. The itinerary will include staying in and learning about the unique architecture and historic preservation in Havana and  - for the first time with the Trust - also a visit to  Trinidad de Cuba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 1514.

Please join our mailing list to learn more about this year's trip to Cuba.

The Florida Department of State Excited to Announce the Grand Opening of The Grove Museum
The opening is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
For more information about the Grand Opening event, please visit  The Grove Museum's website or email You can also find The Grove Museum on social media.

Florida Division of Historical Resources - New Online Grant Applications

The Florida Division of Historical Resources announced the unveiling of a new online process for historic preservation grant applications. Those interested in applying for a Small Matching and Special Category Grants in 2017 are encouraged to go online to review sample documents and read about this new process. The new online system is scheduled to open April 1, 2017. Submission periods for Small Matching and Special Category applications will soon be announced.

Leesburg, Florida - Beacon College didn't have any specific plans when it purchased the Herlong & Co. Packing Plant in 2013 from the James Fruit Company. According to Beacon President, George Hagerty, t
he college hired architect to advise on repurposing the site, but were informed that the building would crumble if altered.

Recently the Leesburg Historic Preservation Board approved Beacon's request to tear down the historic building and implement its conceptual plans. The city has not yet received a demolition permit. Read the full story
Do you have a story or update you wish to share with the Florida Trust community? Contact Ann Farran at the Florida Trust with your news ideas and information for possible inclusion in future Preservation e-News issues.
Final Session in Workshop Series
March 3, 2016 - Pensacola 

Historic Preservation, Building Codes, Resiliency
Historic properties play a major role in many communities as the foundation for thriving neighborhoods, the backbone of business districts, the settings for heritage tourism experiences and the substance of educational programs. 

This upcoming workshops is designed to address the unique way in which historic properties are maintained and rehabilitated within building, fire, life safety, coastal construction, and accessibility codes. Participants will learn how design review is accomplished within a historic district and how creative strategies for code compliance can be successfully incorporated into adaptive use projects. Contemporary challenges such as sea level rise and adaptability strategies will be emphasized.
  Visit the FTHP online calendar for additional programs and links.
2017 Annual Conf Image
Florida Historic Preservation Co nference: Register Now!

Conference runs May 18 - 20 in  St. Petersburg, includes educational sessions, tours and special events

Join us as  we explore trends and a variety of topics in historic preservation. A complete list of speakers and programs is available, and registration is now open.

Extended Deadline for Nominations Announced
Two significant components of the Florida Trust Annual Conference include the 
Annual Preservation Awards and  Florida's 11 to Save , the list of the most threatened historic sites in the state. These  programs recognize the people, organizations, companies and historically significant sites in Florida that make up, support and build strong communities. We want to hear from you - so we extended our deadline. Please be a part of this process and submit your nominations by Friday, March 3 at noon.

Nominations for both programs will be reviewed and judged by Florida Trust Committees and then winners recognized during the Preservation Conference. Click on the links above to read more or complete an online nomination.  

Sponsors Needed
The Florida  Tr ust Annual Conference relies on individuals, businesses and organizations who support this endeavor each year. We appreciate our sponsors and look forward to providing great opportunities to learn and grow in the year ahead. Sponsorship commitments received to date for the 2017 Annual Conference include: 

4M Design
City of St. Petersburg/Coliseum
Florida Division of Historical Resources
Stetson University
The Old Willis Dairy
The Wilson Company

Bender & Associates Architects
City of St. Augustine
Flagler College
Greater Miami CUB
Hedrick Brothers Construction
Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
McRostie Historic Advisors, LLC
Specialized Property Services
Stevenson Architects
University of Florida Historic St. Augustine
The Villagers, Inc.

Carrie Jadus Fine Art & Portraiture
MLD Architects
REG Architects
Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

Preservation Supporter
Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach Restoration Foundation
Riverside Avondale Preservation

Become a sponsor or go online to learn more about  available sponsor opportunities . Contact Tondra Matthews, CMP  for information on conference, education or sponsorship. 
Historic Preservation: Did you know... 
by Adrienne Burke, Fernandina Beach

Did you know: You can heart bomb a historic building?

Started in Buffalo, New York, the heart bomb movement is a creative and visible way to draw attention to historic buildings in need of attention. Typically this is done in February around Valentine's Day. Preservationists put thei r arts and crafts skills to the test making hearts and signs to place  on these buildings, and then utilize traditional and social media to get the message out.

What building would you heart
 bomb in your community? 

Read more about this or learn how to host a successful Heart Bomb online.
Thank you for your Membership

The Florida Trust sends timely notices each month to members whose dues are coming up for renewal in the next few months. Thank you to the Florida Trust members who joined and/or renewed their memberships in January 2017.  For a complete list of current members, business partners and supporters, visit the Florida Trust Website .   

We encourage everyone to consider joining us and supporting Historic Preservation in Florida.  The Florida Trust does so much:
  • We advocate in support of historic preservation on behalf of Florida's many historic sites, museums and parks. 
  • Represent Florida's preservation community through public and media outreach and through support of local preservationists. 
  • Offer extensive education and training opportunities, including workshops, webinars and an annual conference.
  • Educate the public on the benefits of historic preservation and provide resources to preservationists, home owners, preservation professionals, and media. 
Become a part of Florida's preservation story. Join online or c ontact Ann Farran at the Florida Trust today.