12/6 – 12/28/2018 Where We Lived – the Residential Architecture of Winter Garden
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 farmers, these new residents built log cabins 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.
Winter Garden City Hall
300 West Plant Street
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm
Sundays in the South