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

Sundays in the South, published by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, highlights the
residential and commercial architectural treasures of West Orange County, along with select archaeological and historic sites – complete with maps of driving tours! The book is available for $15.00 at the Winter Garden History Research and Education Center, 21 East Plant Street.

Plan a visit today!