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Mid-Century Architecture Survey Kick-off Meeting

10/10/2017

The City of Gainesville has been awarded a Small Matching Category grant from the Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources for fiscal year 2017-2018 in the amount of $40,600. The grant will be used to support a comprehensive survey of mid-century neighborhoods and buildings and to update the city’s existing Historic Preservation Rehabilitation & Design Guidelines. The project will be a collaborative effort between the City of Gainesville Department of Doing, Planning Division, the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program and local non-profit organization Gainesville Modern.

Gainesville’s original surveys of historical and cultural resources were undertaken in 1980 and the early 1990s and focused on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century architecture, typical of historic districts such as the Duckpond and Pleasant Street. This survey will focus on buildings constructed from 1930 through 1970, as these were not assessed previously given that they were not yet 50 years old. Gainesville’s dramatic growth following the Second World War was accompanied by a transformation of the city’s architecture, as mid-century modern design began to appear in suburban homes, commercial properties and motels, among other vernacular building types. Because mid-century architecture represents such a large departure from architecture that came before it, the survey will increase knowledge and awareness of Gainesville’s Modern architecture, and provide a basis for updating historic resources inventories and the city’s Design Guidelines.

The survey teams will include professional preservationists and historians, students and professors from the University of Florida, and community members interested in the architectural and cultural history of their neighborhood and city. The teams will visit and photograph properties selected for the survey and will record basic information such as building type, style, date of construction, architect and/or builder, if known. Once the survey is finalized, the properties will be evaluated and prioritized for significance.

A kickoff meeting to learn more about previous surveys, potential neighborhoods for the new survey and volunteer opportunities will be held on Wednesday, October 18 at the Matheson Museum (513 East University Avenue) at 6 p.m. 

For more information on the survey and meeting, contact Cleary Larkin, City of Gainesville planner at survey@cityofgainesville.org.