Historic Preservation

Orlando has six Historic Preservation overlay districts with a variety of architectural styles.

Historic Preservation Services

Each May, during National Preservation Month, the Historic Preservation Board awards owners, preservationists, and developers for their stewardship and efforts to preserve Orlando’s historic resources.

The annual Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes the places that our historic resources have within our City Beautiful and the hard work that goes into rehabilitating and preserving these structures and places so that they may be enjoyed today and for many generations to come.

Award Categories:

  • Outstanding Residential Project:
  • Outstanding Commercial Project
  • Outstanding Infill Project
  • Outstanding Community Organizational Achievement
  • Centennial Award

Previous Award Winners

Apply for Historic Preservation Award

The City of Orlando has produced the popular Historic Preservation Board Calendar since 1989 and each is an exceptional depiction of Orlando’s treasured historic resources. The photos in each calendar are selected from submissions from community residents as part of a photo competition. The calendar themes are chosen every year by the Historic Preservation Board.

The calendar is free to the public and copies can be picked up at City Hall, Leu Gardens, and The History Center, while supplies last.

2020 Theme: Orlando’s Historic Mediterranean Revival Architecture

This year, we will focus on historic structures with the quintessential Florida architectural style of Mediterranean Revival.

Orlando’s earliest examples of the Mediterranean Revival style, the Rosalind Club and the Phillips Theatre, were built in 1916 and designed by Murry S. King. The style flourished in the 1920s during the Florida Land Boom as opportunists moved to Orlando and built their “Florida style” homes. The style was used in residences both as large estates and small bungalow styles, schools, commercial buildings, apartments, and as neighborhood entrance gates. James Gable Rogers II, Murry S. King, Samuel Stoltz, Ida Ryan, Howard Reynolds, and Richard Boone Rodgers are some of the notable local architects that utilized this versatile style. Wonderful examples of this style are found in many of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods such as Lake Eola Heights, Lake Cherokee, Orwin Manor, Lake Adair-Lake Concord and Spring Lake. Several prime examples have been designated as Orlando Local Landmarks or are contributing structures in the Local Historic Districts and the National Register of Historic Places Districts.

Mediterranean Revival architecture can be highly styled with a barrel tile roof, scrolled buttresses, arched windows and entrances, parapets, terra-cotta panels, reliefs, varied heights, and mock belfries. Open spaces such as verandahs, balconies, courtyards, and arcades are also incorporated into this style and typically combined with bright and tropical landscaping.  These characteristics provide a picturesque quality that attracts attention. With the varied elements that can be used in this style, each structure appears unique with its own combination of architectural character.

Submit a photo for the Historic Preservation Calendar