Read April preservation news and updates from the Florida Trust.
April 2017 Florida Trust News
Can Historic Places Make us Feel Better?
Many involved in historic preservation believe old buildings need   us, that we stand as protectors for history and guard monuments to our past so their stories can be told for generations to come.

But what if we need old buildings?

It turns out historic places are good for us. They improve our health, getting us out of the isolation of our cars and inspiring interactions within our community. Old buildings cause awe, charge our imaginations and can create empathy for those who experienced life differently than us.

Join us in Exploring Cuba Past & Present

Join us for an unforgettable trip exploring Cuba's unique architecture and heritage. This year, for the first time, the Florida Trust will be adding two additional locations to its itinerary. 

We will be traveling Sept. 30 through Oct. 7, 2017, and our program includes hotel, most meals and excursions and your flight from Miami to Havana and back to Miami. On our trip we will we be exploring the architecture, culture and history of Havana, but also traveling to Cienfuegos and exploring Trinidad de Cuba. Adding these two locations will allow travelers to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the many historical treasures of Cuba.

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Register Today: Our Conference is May 18 - 20!

The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront has extended its registration deadline through Monday, April 24. Reserve your room before the cut-off date and receive our conference discount. Register online through our Florida Trust-Hilton Reservation Portal.

Conference Spotlight: One of the many sessions being hosted during the Florida Preservation Conference is Design Your City Charrette. This is a hand-on design workshop led by Rick Gonzalez, AIA, REG Architects, where attendees can collaborate for future use of a historic building. 

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This year we will focus on the Patio Theatre located at 1850 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. The Theatre was constructed c.1925 as a Mediterranean Revival, two story, open-air movie theater. Around 1934 it was roofed and reopened as the Playhouse Theatre. The building is currently vacant.

Learn more: A complete list of Conference speakers, programs and tours is available on our website.

Florida Trust Advocacy Update
The Florida Trust has reached out to Florida lawmakers on these issues, 
and continues to follow them. Additionally, we called for funding of the Division of Historical Resources Special Category Grants, including at our reception at the Historic Tallahassee Waterworks building.

HB 687, SB 596
Removes local government from decisions around placement of communications equipment.
The Florida Trust is concerned with portions of proposed SB 596 and HB 687, which would remove local government from decisions on placement of communications equipment, what they
look like and how they impact a city's public spaces.
If passed, the bill would particularly threaten Florida's historic neighborhoods and landmarks.  These places are vital to showcasing our state's extraordinary heritage and are an irreplaceable driver of Florida's more than $4 billion heritage tourism industry.
Read a full Issue Brief from the Florida League of Cities.
HB 6019, SB 214
Remove the Isolated Finds collection clause from authorization of DHR.
The Florida Trust supports HB 6019, which would repeal the "isolated finds" collection clause from the authorization of the Florida Division of Historical Resources.  The Florida Trust believes removing the ability to implement the isolated finds program, which ended at the recommendation of the Florida Historical Commission in 2005, is in the best interest of Florida.
Save the Federal Historic Tax Credit
Did you know that between 2002 and 2015 the Historic Tax Credit rehabilitated 163 projects in Florida, with a total development cost of $1,016,527,054 and the addition of 15,679 jobs?
Join us in urging elected officials in Washington to support the federal historic tax credit by co-sponsoring the Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act (HTCIA).
Ask your Senators to Address the National Park Service Backlog
After decades of under funding, the National Park Service faces a deferred maintenance backlog estimated at $12 billion (FY 2015), of which 47% is attributed to historic assets. Ask your Senators to cosponsor and support S. 751 bipartisan legislation that will help address this backlog.

Florida Historic Preservation in the News
Happy Earth Day!
Did you know preserving historic buildings helps the planet? Through design, ventilation and construction from durable materials old buildings are energy efficient.

Beyond that, by saving a building we are preserving the energy needed for demolition, eliminating waste and saving the energy and resources needed to create building materials. 
Division of Historical Resources New Grant Applications and Processes
The Florida Division of Historical Resources  announced 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. Applications will be accepted online through May 1, 2017. 

National Parks Waiving Entry Fees In April
National Park sites will be waiving their entry fee s this month for all visitors. The freebies - an annual tradition - are good April 15-16 and 22-23, 2017. Other free dates later in 2017 include Aug. 25 in honor of the National Park Service's birthday, Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 11-12. Locate a Florida park near you or  read more online .
Upcoming Seminar - The Recent Past: Strategies for Evaluation
Tallahassee, Florida May 9-10, 2017 - This training program is for historic preservation professionals and will examine nationwide trends with an emphasis on evaluation of large suburban developments, construction methods and house types and plans. For more details view the agenda and registration information online.

Season of Emancipation, May 2017  
In 1863 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation freeing those enslaved in the rebelling southern states. More than two years later, on May 10, 1865, Union General Edward McCook arrived in Tallahassee to take possession of the city from Southern forces. General McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner House, now known as the Knott House, and on May 20, he raised the U.S. flag over the state capitol, and declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect.

Since 1865 communities in and around Tallahassee have celebrated May 20th as Emancipation Day. View this Tallahassee Site Map for a list of participating venues and events. 

The 39th Annual Historic Springfield Tour of Homes will be held in the Jacksonville area on May 20-21, 2017 from 12 - 5 p.m. This walkable tour features six historic homes and one new, net zero home designed to complement the historic district.  Visit Spring Preservation and Revitalization for details. 

 Visit the FTHP online calendar for additional programs and links.

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.
We're Listening: Your  Florida Preservation Stories
This story is part of our ongoing Share Your Florida Preservation Story project. What's your story?

Seeking Light at the End of the [preservation] Tunnel
By Karelia Carbonell, from  The Florida Preservationist, Spring 2017
White Way Light Coral Gables: Since 2011, the Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables - a nonprofit established in 1991 whose mission is to promote the understanding and importance of historic resources and their preservation-has been working with officials in Coral Gables to bring attention to the condition and need for maintenance, restoration and preservation of the few remaining historic street lights in the Riviera Section of Coral Gables.

The White Way Lights were designated as a City Historic Landmark Site in 1981 and included on the City Historic Landmark Inventory. Coral Gables' White Way Lights corridor is a nod to New York City's The Great White Way, a nickname for a section of Broadway lit in 1880 - one of the first in the nation.

 Consider the historic places that make Florida special for you, and share those stories (and photos!) via email. Contact  Ann Farran at the Florida Trust, or share with us on our social media. #MyFloridaStory
Historic Preservation: Did you know... 

Did you know:  Florida Southern College has the largest concentr ation of Wright designed structures anywhere in the world ?
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The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright on the campus of Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is a little known Central Florida treasure. Florida Southern College has the largest concentration of Wright designed structures anywhere in the world with 10 buildings and two additional structures on campus, and is in the National Register of  Historic Places.

Although not in Florida, the Pope-Leighey House designed by Wright further displays his genius with heated concrete floors being a beginning to many of his design creations. 

The house has been moved three times in order to keep it preserved, and was featured in this month's Preservation magazine.
Thank you to our 2017 Conference Sponsors!
We couldn't do the Florida Preservation conference without these generous sponsors. It's not too late to join them, e-mail us for more information. 


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

Bender & Associates Architects
City of St. Augustine
Flagler College
Greater Miami CVB
Green Bench Brewing Company
Hedrick Brothers Construction
Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood Association
Lightner Museum
MacRostie Historic Advisors
Specialized Property Services
St. Petersburg Preservation
Stevenson Architects
University of Florida Historic Preservation Program
University of Florida Historic St. Augustine
The Villagers

Carrie Jadus Fine Art & Portraiture
Environmental Services
Hancock Bank
MLD Architects
Mark I Restoration Co. 
REG Architects
Robert Lawson Photographer
Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

Preservation Supporter
Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach Restoration
American Planning Association Florida 
Becky Matkov, Preservation Consultant
Historic Lakeland
Moore Ellison & McDuffie, CPAs PA
Riverside Avondale Preservation
Thank you for your Membership

The Florida Trust continues to grow through membership in 2017.  Each month we mail timely notices to members whose dues are coming up for renewal in the months ahead. Thank you to all of our renewing and new members this year.

Consider Membership: 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. For a complete list of current members, business partners and supporters, visit the  Florida Trust Website .