City of Winter Garden, FL

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A charming little city with a juicy past

Winter Garden Historic District

Community Development Department

Winter Garden City Hall
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787

Phone: 407.656.4111
Fax: 407.654.1258

Staff

Mark Jones
Building Official / Code Enforcement
mjones@wintergarden-fl.gov
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 2280

Links

Initial Historic Downtown Area Map

Historic Downtown Winter Garden
Merchants Guild

Winter Garden Heritage Foundation

In 1993, the City of Winter Garden joined forces with the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation to obtain a grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to conduct a survey of historic buildings in the municipality. The Division accepted the survey files, report, and National Register proposal in 1995.

Excerpts from the report, prepared by Historic Property Associates, Inc., include the following:

Winter Garden, initially settled in the 1850s, began to grow significantly after the arrival of the railroad in the 1880s. Early settlement consisted of scattered farms and homesteads along the south shore of Lake Apopka. The local economy depended largely on citrus and vegetable production. By the turn of the century a small commercial district had emerged along Plant Street and residential neighborhoods began to appear.

The historic development of the area spans from about 1890, the date of the oldest remaining buildings, through 1945. With few exceptions, the historic buildings in Winter Garden date between 1915 and 1940.

The historic buildings of Winter Garden represent an important group of resources that contribute to the community's character and ambiance.

The historic fabric of Winter Garden remains largely intact.

Worthy of preservation efforts, these buildings provide a link between the old and new as Winter Garden enters the twenty-first century.

Click Here for Full Historical Survey Report


The City of Winter Garden has continued to make progress in historic preservation of the downtown district. In May 2008, the City Commission created an Architectural Review and Historical Preservation Board to make recommendations on how best to carry on these efforts. Currently under consideration is the adoption of an ordinance to protect the structures in the proposed historic downtown district overlay.

Two public workshops have been held regarding the proposed ordinance.

Click Here to View the Presentation


Announcements

City Adopts Historic Downtown Overlay District” item and  information.

The City of Winter Garden has continued to make progress in historic preservation of the downtown district.  In May 2009, the City Commission created an Architectural Review and historical Preservation Board to make recommendations on how best to carry on these efforts.  On January 11, 2010, the City Commission adopted Ordinance 10-05, which establishes a Historic Downtown Architectural Overlay for the designated area in the City’s Historic Downtown Core.  The area is approximately one hundred sixteen (116) acres and includes two hundred seventy (270) residential and commercial properties.

To review proposed changes, click links below:

Q & A (Information Sheet)
Historic Downtown District Map
Ordinance 10-05
Resolution 10-01
Design Standards and Guidelines Manual