Where We Lived - the Residential Architecture of Winter Garden

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Presented by Winter Garden Heritage Foundation at Winter Garden City Hall, Winter Garden FL

Jan 02
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Feb 16
Where We Lived - the Residential Architecture of Winter Garden

An exhibit of photographs depicting the many styles of architecture featured in Winter Garden’s homes.

Winter Garden’s earliest settlers began to build houses with local lumber as soon as they arrived in the region in the mid-19th century. Primarily engaged in agriculture, these new residents built log cabins that were often shared by more than one family. Rising fortunes led to the construction of larger wooden houses, often of two stories. By 1910, planters with extensive acreage reaped the bounty of their agricultural holdings and erected grandiose mansions that endure today.

Depending on the owner’s whims, a home’s exterior often featured a mix of architectural styles. A Craftsman bungalow might feature a Greek Revival front porch, a Federal portico a row of elaborate Corinthian columns, and a worker’s cottage could be capped with a Classical pediment. Sometimes a home grew to three stories as rooms were added to accommodate a growing family.

Many of the homes standing in Winter Garden today attest to the will of pioneers determined to imprint their own brand of individuality on their new landscape. The exhibit features a selection of images showing various styles of vernacular architecture that are, in many cases, mirrored in the new developments springing up across the area.

ADMISSION INFO

Free Admission

Contact: 407-656-3244

Email: jcrescitelli@wghf.org

LOCATION

Winter Garden City Hall

300 West Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787

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ACCESSIBILITY INFO

    • Wheelchair Access

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