Famous architecture in Winter Park
Famous architecture in Winter Park: Robert Bruce Barbour House/ Casa Feliz
Famous architecture in Winter Park. The Robert Bruce Barbour House, also known as Casa Feliz, is a restored Spanish farmhouse designed by architect James Gamble Rogers II, overlooking the golf course in the heart of Winter Park, Florida. This is one of Rogers’ masterpiece residences. In 2000 order to save it from destruction, the city of Winter Park moved it to its current location at 656 Park Avenue North in Winter Park. On April 18, 2012, the AIA’s Florida Chapter placed it on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places as Casa Feliz / Formerly Robert Bruce Barbour Estate.
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James Gamble Rogers II (January 24, 1901 – October 30, 1990) was a celebrated American architect practicing primarily in Winter Park, Florida in the middle years of the twentieth century. He is noted for suavely elegant residential and commercial work, in the Spanish Revival, Mediterranean Revival, French Provincial, and Colonial Revival styles. His occasional forays into the Art Deco and International Style also garnered outstanding contributions to the built environment. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s Rogers designed many outstanding commissions, chiefly residential, which were and remain among the most sought-after homes in Winter Park and environs. Perhaps his best known of these is the Barbour Residence, also known as “Casa Feliz”.
The house was built on a site overlooking Lake Osceola in 1932; to save the home from destruction, in 2000 it was moved to its present location and is available for tours and for special event rentals. The home, designed to resemble a Spanish farmhouse, displays many of Roger’s aesthetic gifts. Other easily viewed Winter Park commissions include the Greeneda Court shops on Park Avenue, the First Church of Christ Scientist, the Barbour Apartments, and the Olin Library on the campus of Rollins College. Rogers continued to practice architecture until he was in his eighties. Among his later commissions of note is the Greek Revival Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, of 1948. Rogers died on October 30, 1990, at the home he designed on Temple Grove Avenue, Winter Park.
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Historic Theater’s In Orlando
Beacham Theater Orlando
The Beacham Theater, built in 1921, played an important role in the music and entertainment history of Orlando. From vaudeville to electronic dance music, this theater has served as a gathering spot for movie-goers, music lovers, and performers to gather for nearly a century. Owing to its long history, the building was granted local landmark status in 1987.
Braxton Beacham Sr., who served as Mayor of Orlando in 1907, built the Beacham Theatre in 1921. A prison once stood on the property upon which the building was constructed, and the violent history of the site has resulted in rumors that the property is haunted. The theater opened with Norma Talmadge’s The Wonderful Thing, a Pathé News newsreel, and Buster Keaton’s The Boat on December 9th. The Beacham was Orlando’s premier vaudeville and movie house and, for a time, the only independent movie theater in Orlando.
Beacham Theater was part of what vaudeville performers referred to as the “Straw Hat Circuit,” their term for the Florida and Orlando area. A pipe organ built by the Austin Organ Company accompanied the silent films and vaudeville performances. It also boasted innovative movie equipment, introducing Vita-phone and Movie tone “talkie” technology in 1928. By 1933, interest in vaudeville had waned, and such performances ceased to be held there.
The Annie Russell Theater
The Annie Russell Theater is a historic theater located on the Rollins College campus in Winter Park, Florida. Built in 1932 after just nine months of construction, it was designed by architect Richard Reihnel in the Italian Romanesque Revival style. The theater is named after its principal funder, Annie Russell, who at the time was one of the most famous American stage actors. Russell also established the dramatic arts program at Rollins College sometime after her retirement in 1918. Given its architecture and historical ties to Russell, the theater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
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