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Casa Feliz

Historic Home Museum

A newsletter from the Friends of Casa Feliz, Winter Park, Florida

Goldberger Headlines Colloquium

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and

author Paul Goldberger will headline this

year’s James Gamble Rogers Colloquium on

Historic Preservation. The contributing editor

to Vanity Fair and former author of the New

Yorker’s celebrated Skyline column will speak

on the topic of “Why Architecture Matters,”

also the title of his acclaimed book (Yale

University Press, 2009).

“It’s a real privilege to have arguably the

foremost living architecture critic to speak to a

local audience,” said Dan Kirby, president of

the Florida Association of the American

Institute of Architects (AIA Florida). “Mr.

Goldberger has the rare gift of analyzing

architecture with knowledge and precision, yet in a way that’s understandable

and engaging to the layman.”

Spring/Summer 2013

Historic Preservation in the 21st Century: The Next Fifty Years in Winter Park

by Christine Madrid French

At first glance, a visitor to Winter Park would

think that the city must have a strong sense of its own history. Beautiful homes line the

shaded streets, and care is taken to keep the

integrity of the historic districts intact. But if

one looks closely at the overall picture, there

is more work to be done. Many of Winter Park’s

historic structures

remain unrecognized

for their contributions

to the city. At this

point, too many

buildings are being

demolished, without regard to the larger

impact on the cultural

Below are excerpts from Goldberger’s lectures and writings which illustrate his


On preservation: For if historic preservation is to achieve its greatest potential, it

is required. If we

scholarly yet accessible musings:

really needs to be seen not as a vehicle to bring us back to another time, but as one that enriches the experience of our own time. Perhaps the most important thing to say about preservation when it is really working as it should is that it uses the past not to make us nostalgic, but to make us feel that we live in a better present, a present that has a broad reach and a great, sweeping arc, and that is not narrowly defined, but broadly defined by its connections to other eras, and its ability to link arms with them in a larger, cumulative whole. Successful preservation makes time a continuum, not a series of disjointed, disconnected eras.

On architecture: Architecture is about the making of place, and the making of

memory. Architecture gives us joy if we are lucky, and it gives us satisfaction and comfort, but it also connects us to our neighbors, since the architecture of a

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More long term vision

imagine the city of Winter Park in 2050, what

would we hope to see? The buildings of the

1950s and 60s that are being demolished right

now would be nearly a century old by that

time. The recently bulldozed Dan T. McCarty

State Office Building, designed in 1958 by

Hugo M. Broleman with Ernest D. Rapp at the

corner of Morse and Denning, was one of the

most prominent examples of mid-twentieth

century architecture in the city. Once

heralded for its “modern” style — a sign of

economic prosperity in the 1950s — the cross-

shaped structure could have served many new functions while contributing to the historic

character of Winter Park.

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Goldberger Headlines Colloquium (cont.)

town or a city is the physical expression of common ground. It is what we share, if only because the architecture of a community is one of the few forms of experience that everyone partakes in: the sharing of place. On James Gamble Rogers I: You cannot talk about modernism and Yale without talking about James Gamble Rogers, the great architect of almost all of the Yale colleges, Sterling Library, the Hall of Graduate Studies, and the Law School. There is no single architect who has left a clearer mark on this campus than Rogers, who graduated from Yale in 1889, and began to build actively here in the years following 1917, when he got the commission to build the Memorial is probably no exaggeration to say that the Quadrangle is the most beautiful, elegant, and civilizing set of Gothic buildings created anywhere in the twentieth century.


Friday, April 5 7 p.m. - Keynote, Paul Goldberger "Why Architecture Matters" Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall Saturday, April 6 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Panel Discussion “Defining ‘Good’ Design: Architecture that Stands the Test of Time” – featuring Paul Goldberger, James Gamble Rogers III, Jack Rogers, and moderator Dr. Richard John Rollins College, Tiedtke Concert Hall 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and informal tours of the Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum (Casa Feliz)

12:30 - 3:30 p.m. – Winter Park House Tour: Good Design Through the Ages (See page 3 for details) Sunday, April 7 10 a.m. Choice of Three Tours:

Insider’s Architectural Tour of Rollins College (led by Rollins President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour and architect Jack Rogers) VIP Tour of Cornell Fine Arts Musuem (led by Dr. Ena Heller, Director)

Special Scenic Boat Tours of Winter Park

Noon to 3 p.m. - Music at the Casa featuring Saxophonist Matt Festa Register online today at! The admission fee for the entire weekend is $100 or $25 for Friday Keynote only. 50% discount for students.

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Parlor Series Celebrates

Native Florida Culture with Next Installments.

On Thursday, May 9 at 5:30 pm, acclaimed

author and documentary filmmaker Bill

Belleville will speak on “The Other Historic

Preservation: Salvaging Florida’s Natural

Heritage.” Belleville is particularly well-known

for his documentary “In Marjorie’s Wake” which

retraced author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’

famed 1933 trip exploring the St. John’s River. He is an eloquent advocate for protection of

our endangered wetlands and waterways. You

won’t want to miss this presentation. Respond to with “Belleville” in the

subject line. $10 per person admission will be

collected at the door the evening of the event. The morning of Saturday, June 15 from 10

am to noon, Casa Feliz is partnering with the

Winter Park Public Library to present “Kids at

the Casa: Dig Into Reading!” In conjunction

with the Library’s Summer Youth Reading

Program, we will host a morning of activities in

and around Casa Feliz. There will be a reading

and book-signing by noted children’s author

Loreen Leedy, whose books, which include

“My Teacher is a Dinosaur” and “Seeing

Symmetry,” are ingeniously written to be

teaching tools. Native American Jim Sawgrass

will demonstrate Muskogee Indian dance,

music, costuming and storytelling. The CARE

Foundation exotic animal rescue will bring their

animal friends for learning and entertainment.

Crealde School of Art will be sponsoring

crafts. It’s going to be a terrific morning! More

information will be available on our website in early May.

Casa Feliz

Spring/Summer 2013

2013 James Gamble Rogers II Colloquium House & Garden Tour: Good Design Through the Ages

The theme of this year’s colloquium, Why Architecture Matters, will be completely evident

to the participants in the Saturday, April 6 afternoon house tour (see agenda, p. 2). The

owners of five of Winter Park’s loveliest private homes have generously offered to open

their doors for our tour. Groups will be led by local design experts. The homes vary

greatly by style and when they were constructed (from 1930 to 2012), but they share a

common denominator: outstanding architecture. This is rare opportunity, only for

Colloquium participants, to see the insides of five of the city’s grandest residences.

Register today at “Tappan House” – The lakefront

Tappan House was designed by

James Gamble Rogers II and built

in 1931 for Walter H. and Jane

Tappan. Mr. Tappan was with the

National City Bank of New York.

The center hall shingle style

house was the winter home for the

Tappans who summered in Lake

Champlain, New York.

photo by Ruben Madrid

“Nelson House” – The Italian

Renaissance Revival style estate was designed by architect

New American Home – Designed and

built by Philip Kean of Phil Kean Designs

in 2011, this home is a re-interpretation

of the Classic International style that

was made popular by such famous

architects/artists as Le Corbusier and

Richard Meier.

David Hyer for William B. and

Edna Follett and built in 1930.

James Gamble Rogers designed additions to the house in 1960.

Home of Bach Festival

Founder – Attributed to

James Gamble Rogers II,

although not confirmed, this

photo by Ruben Madrid

Palma Ceia – This Spanish Eclectic style

rambling 1935 Spanish

home was designed by Randall J.

Smith, in the heart of Old

with expert landscaping by August

Eclectic style house was

built for Isabelle Sprague

Winter Park.

Slocum of Slocum Platts in 2005. The

magnificent home fronts Lake Osceola, Schwartz.

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Casa Feliz

Spring/Summer 2013

We are grateful to the following members of the Friends of Casa Feliz who have made a financial contribution between (March 1, 2012 and March 11, 2013). We apologize for any misspellings and errors of omission.

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Historic Preservation in the 21st Century: The Next Fifty Years in Winter Park (cont.)

The City does use “long-term horizon” dates for planning; the Future Land Use Element program guide strategizes up to the year 2028. Though the goals of this document include protecting the City’s “natural resources and environmental assets,” and

discouraging “urban sprawl” (both commendable aims), there is no mention of the

conservation of historic integrity. Instead, the city focuses on maintaining the

“historically accepted character” of Winter Park overall. This is a problem. What exactly

is the “accepted” character of this city’s history and who is defining it? The New England Building, at the corner of New

England Avenue

and Knowles, is one of the best

remaining examples of mid-century

modern architecture in the downtown area, but this

building is not

designated. Neither is the downtown

post office building,

photo by Chris Madrid French

with its unique

smashed-can wall

decoration and mosaic façade. The Gateway Medical Plaza, at the corner of Orange

and Orlando Avenues, is also a premium modern design, completed during a period

when the new idea of “medical arts” helped inform both the architecture of medical

offices and the treatment of patients. The building, designed by James Bruce Spencer,

was intended to assist in the healing of its visitors, through the inclusion of small shaded courtyards for each examination room and tranquil water ponds to promote a relaxed

atmosphere. Luckily for us, the new owner of the Gateway Plaza is interested in

preserving the building and its notable original features. But its future prospects could have just as easily gone in another direction, with eager buyers willing to sacrifice this

aging structure for a new building on the high-visibility site.

Winter Park does maintain a comprehensive set of planning documents, including a

section on historic preservation. The Historic Preservation Division administers the

Historic Preservation Ordinance and serves as the liaison to the Historic Preservation Board, which reviews nominations to the Winter Park Register of Historic Places or

National Register of Historic Places. Any changes proposed to a listed historic structure are also reviewed by the board.

Yet we know that Winter Park could make historic preservation a higher priority. The

city can start by listening to its own experts, including the members of the Historic Preservation Board, particularly when conflicting opinions arise as to a building’s

historic significance and integrity. The board, for its part, needs to be independent and objective when analyzing properties, without considering the impact of development issues or previously-made agreements regarding land use. In looking through the

agenda of the Historic Preservation Board over 2012, very few commercial structures

came up for review, or were nominated by their owners as historic properties. Yet, tax credits exist for renovations to commercial properties that are listed on the National

Register of Historic Places, a possible financial incentive for upgrading properties lining

Orange or Fairbanks Avenues, for


Additionally, the city and the people

would benefit by making the historic

designation process more legible to the lay public. The Winter Park Register of

Historic Places has a number of

buildings listed (from two to four per

year since 2001), but the list tells us

nothing but the address and the date of determination. Why are these buildings

listed? What is the date of construction? And, who is the architect, or who is the

important historic figure that

lived/worked there? What style is the

building? And, perhaps most

importantly for interested owners, does

my building fit into this list? Better

information, all online, will help avoid

those inevitable conflicts between

preservationists and property owners.

Most importantly, Winter Park needs to

keep up with the times. If the city utilizes the standard fifty-year guideline as the

first determination of historic

significance, we need to move forward

with identification efforts quickly. The listings for Winter Park need to be

reviewed within the context of the city’s

first century—from 1882 through 1982—

so that we can stay ahead of the moving

window of historic designation. The

historic character of Winter Park remains

intact in many of the grand homes, but

dozens of the critical structures that

defined the area in the 1900s are gone. We can ensure that Winter Park

represents its whole history, throughout

the last one-hundred years and into the

next century, by refocusing our efforts

to pro-actively identify and protect the city’s significant buildings, before the

next wave of development takes its toll.

Ms. French is an architectural historian living in

Maitland. She taught architectural history at the

University of Central Florida and is an Expert

Member on the 20th-Century Heritage Committee for the International Council of Monuments and

Sites (ICOMOS), and the president of DOCOMOMO-US/Florida.

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Casa Feliz P.O. Box 591

Winter Park, FL 32790 407-628-8200

Tour this house and others at our April 5-7

Colloquium. Register online at

Mark your calendars!

April 5-7 James Gamble Rogers II Colloquium on Historic Preservation: Details page 2

May 9 “The Other Historic Preservation: Salvaging Florida’s Natural Heritage.” Parlor Series with Documentary Filmaker Bill Belleville, 5:30 pm, Casa Feliz;

“Music at the Casa”

04 07 13 Matt Festa Jazz Saxophone 04 14 13 Beautiful Music with Shannon Caine 04 21 13 Alborea Dances Flamenco! 04 28 13 Matt Festa Jazz Saxophone

05 05 13 Peter Thatcher Jazz Guitar 05 12 13 Beautiful Music with Shannon Caine 05 19 13 Vocalist Theresa Leigh Smith 05 26 13 Luis Alfredo Garcia Flamenco Guitar

06 02 13 Harpist Catherine Way 06 09 13 Beautiful Music with Shannon Caine 06 16 13 Flamenco Guitarist Omar Miguel 06 23 13 Jazz Guitarist George Grosman & Friends 06 30 13 Alborea Dances Flamenco!

Friends of Casa Feliz Board of Directors Margie Bridges Bill Deuchler

Lindsey Hayes Karen James

Kay Kimbrough Lawrence Kolin Julie Lamar

Stephen Pategas Frank Roark

Pat Robertson

John H. Rogers Peggy Rogers

Ann Stevens Staff Executive Director Betsy Owens Assistant Director Angela Roark Event Designer Melissa Burtram

Spring/Summer Newsletter 2013  

A newsletter from the Friends of Casa Feliz