Florida Trust - Historic Preservation
Message from the President:
by Clay Henderson, New Smyrna Beach
Fall brings change for the Florida Trust!
For those of us in an academic setting, the fall is the beginning of the year, and that's how it feels for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. In August, Anne Perry announced her retirement as executive director of the Florida Trust after five years of service. She left the Florida Trust in a much better financial position that how she found it. Historic Preservation as whole is better off as well. When she came to the Trust, appropriations for historic preservation grants was at an all-time low and five years later, with the passage of Amendment 1, full funding for historic preservation was restored. The Board of Trustees is grateful for her service and looks forward to building on our success.
At the Trustees meeting in August, the board agreed on a job description for the next executive director and initiated a national search. The Trust seeks an executive director with leadership qualities to take us to the next level in advocacy, stewardship, and education. The search committee is led by Friederike Mittner of West Palm Beach who will assume the position of Trust President next May. Ann Farran, who was hired as the Trust's education director, has been appointed as interim executive director.
Earlier this year, we held a memorable annual meeting in Tallahassee. For many of us, Tallahassee is a place where we buzz in and out to deal with the Legislature, Division of Historical Preservation or the Florida Historical Commission. Holding the annual meeting in our state capital at a time when we were not in a frenzy was an opportunity enjoy some of the extraordinary places connected with our state's history. Personally, I'll never forget the opening ceremonies in the old State Capitol or presiding over the awards ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church which celebrated its 180th birthday while we were there. It was a great time to reconnect with our local preservation heroes and state officials whose job is protection of the historical resources of our state.
At this juncture, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is alive and well. We have an outstanding board of trustees who come from Key West, Pensacola, and points in between. Many of our trustees are preservation professionals who have made their careers protecting and restoring the museum pieces of Florida's past. It has been a pleasure serving on their behalf.
To our members, supporters, and other stakeholders, we all applaud what you do to protect Florida's historical resources. We are here to support you and be your statewide voice for preservation.
Register for Upcoming Education and Workshops
Historic Preservation, Building Codes, and Resiliency,
November 15-16, 2016, St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine City Hall, Lightner Building, 75 King Street, Alcazar Room
Created in honor of the Centennial of the National Parks Service and the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Florida Trust has partnered with Flagler College, the National Trust, Stetson University, Florida Public Archaeology Network and many more to offer the following workshop. Members receive registration discounts.
This workshop 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 financial incentives that are available to owners of historic properties. Contemporary challenges such as sea level rise and adaptability strategies will be emphasized.
Register online through FTHP
General workshop is free, however there are fees for the lunch program and optional tour: $50 for FTHP Members; $100 non-members (includes individual membership for one year.)
American Council for Historic Preservation
Fall Section 106 Webinar Series
Topics featured include the popular beginning level course on "Defining the Area of Potential Effects," the new intermediate level program on "Preservation Compliance and Property Disposal," and the advanced level "Overview of Program Alternatives." View a complete list of course dates, program descriptions, and registration instructions at the
Visit the FTHP Web Calendar for additional programs and links.
Grants and P50 Reception for the Florida Department of State
The Florida Trust will host the Division of Historical Resources G
rants Panel Welcome and P50 Reception, October 17, 2016, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, (venue TBD.) Mark your calendar and plan to attend this fabulous opportunity to network with preservation leaders and colleagues. RSVP Required. Send your reservation to Tondra Matthews, CMP, or learn more at the FTHP Online Calendar.
Annual Conference Updates
2017 Annual Conference Committee Announces Conference Theme!
"Preservation Reinvented for Art
2017 Annual Conference will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida, May 18-20.
Make plans to join us in St. Petersburg, May 18-20, 2017 as we explore preservation, the arts and how it all ties into enterprise. The Conference Committee is working with a number of fantastic venues, districts and speakers to ensure the very best this conference can offer.
Conference registration information will be available on the
Florida Trust Website
soon so stay tuned.
The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront will serve as our headquarters. Call today to reserve your rooms, (800) 445-8667. Make sure you reference the Florida Trust Conference to receive your discounted rate of $140 per room, per night.
If you have suggestions or wish to submit information for programs, complete our 2017 Speaker Request Form located on the right-hand side of the page link, or contact staff at (850) 224-8128.
Special thanks to 2016 Conference Sponsors!
ust extends its deepest appreciation to these fine individuals, businesses and organizations, many of whom support our conference year after year.
Leon County Tourist Development Council/Visit Tallahassee
Division of Historical Resources/Florida Department of State
Goodwood Museum & Gardens
Old Willis Dairy
University of West Florida Historic Trust
4M Design Group
Atlas Insurance Agency
Bender & Associates Architects
City of St. Augustine
Division of Cultural Resources/Museum of Florida History
Florida Historic Capitol Museum
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
REG Architects. Inc.
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
The Villagers, Inc.
University of Florida Historic Preservation Program
Becky Matkov, Historic Preservation Consultant
First Presbyterian Church
Hedrick Brothers Construction
Hufsey-Nicolaides-Garcia-Suarez Associates, Inc.
Jefferson County Historical Association
John G. Riley Center/Museum
Main Street of Monticello, Florida, Inc.
Planning Solutions Corp
Quincy Main Street
Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation
St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc.
Stevenson Architects, Inc.
The Vagabond Hotel
Wendover Housing Partners
Members Generate News: Florida Main Street
Audubon Park Main Street, Orlando, Florida
Developed post-World War II, Audubon Park was long defined by a wide, four-lane commercial main drag dotted with suburban strip malls. Under Audubon Park Garden District's leadership, that corridor is now flourishing with small businesses, gardens and events that stand in stark contrast to typical suburban sprawl. The redevelopment of a foreclosed church into a nationally recognized food and culture hub, a thriving shopping and dining scene and a retro modern home tour are just a few of the attractions that make this neighborhood one of America's best.
Vilano Beach Main Street, St. Augustine, Florida
Vilano Beach Main Street Inc. was recognized at the National Conference for a third year as an accredited Main Street America program. Each year the National Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.
From the Desk of Florida's SHPO (State Historic Preservation Officer)
Florida Main Street Advisory Committee: Recommendations to the Secretary of State
The Ad Hoc Florida Main Street Advisory Committee met July 25th in Tallahassee to review and receive presentations from communities wishing to obtain a Florida Main Street designation. As a result, the Brooksville and Northwood Village (Palm Beach) communities have been recommended to receive Florida Main Street designations. Final approval is granted by the Florida Secretary of State. For information visit the
Florida Main Street Website
Main Street Research:
Economic Success in Historic Preservation Equals Economic Development
The cumulative success of the Main Street Approach® and Main Street programs on the local level has earned this revitalization strategy a reputation as one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. The National Trust Main Street Center annually collects statistical information on economic activity in local Main Street programs throughout the country. The following estimates are based on statistics gathered from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 for all designated Main Street communities nationwide.
Read these recently released 2015 Reinvestment Statistics:
- Dollars Reinvested: $3.915 Billion total in physical improvements from public/private sources
- Net gain in businesses: 5,966
- Net gain in jobs: 28,403
- Number of building rehabilitations: 8,173
Note: 1,074 programs were included in this report. For statistics from previous years or to learn more, visit
Main Street Program Online
News Journal publishes article by Florida Trust President, Clay Henderson, August 2017...
Clay Henderson: Celebrate Nation's Majestic Legacy
"Our national parks are a truly American invention now expanded around the world as over 100 countries have established national parks as a lasting legacy for future generations. I've had the opportunity to visit national parks on five continents and visited the Yellowstone, the world's first national park, over 20 times. These are the finest natural museum pieces our world has to offer." Read the full article:
News Journal link
Did you know...
by Adrienne Burke, Fernandina Beach
Those concrete designs, found particularly in South Florida, are called "
" It's not surprising to find them in warmer climates, as they were used post-WWII for cooling interiors before air conditioning was widely found in buildings. The blocks, made of concrete, also provided shade from the sun, an element of privacy, and added architectural flair to buildings. The concrete blocks are having a resurgence in popularity and are part of mid-century modern preservation efforts.