Winter Garden Historic DistrictView Department Contact information
Community Development Department
Winter Garden City Hall
300 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Building Official / Code Enforcement
Phone: 407.656.4111 ext. 2280
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.
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.
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.
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