News & Announcements

Posted: April 02, 2014
Record Level of Sponsorship Support for 2014 Conference in Tampa

The annual conference that is presented by the Florida Trust each year would not be possible without the support of sponsors who help the organization put forward the very best workshops, tours and conference activities for our attendees. A conference is a costly undertaking for a non-profit, so sponsorships are necessary in order to offer a high-quality experience for conference participants.

This year’s conference “Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay” has drawn the highest level, both in numbers of sponsors as well as financial value of sponsorships, in the history of the organization.

The Florida Trust is proud to announce the sponsors of the 36th Annual Conference. The sponsors of the Trust’s 2014 conference, to be held in Tampa May 15-17, are listed here.

The Florida Trust extends its deepest appreciation to these fine individuals, businesses and organizations, many of whom support our conference year after year. We couldn’t do it without you!

Posted: March 14, 2014
Record Number of Preservation Awards Nominations Received!

The Florida Trust received a record number of nominations for its 2014 Preservation Awards program. When the deadline of March 7 passed and the nomination cycle closed, nominations for thirty-five projects and individuals were received.

Responding to a Call for Nominations issued earlier in 2014, nominators forwarded exceptional examples of projects and individuals in communities across Florida. The nominations were submitted in the following categories: Restoration/Rehabilitation; Adaptive Use; Infill Design; Green Buildings; Archaeology; Historic Landscape; Preservation Education/Media; Organizational Achievement; Master Craftsman Award; and Individual Distinguished Service.

The awards jury, comprised of three Trustees of the Florida Trust and four non-Trustee members, will consider, evaluate and determine award status of each submission.

Award recipients will be recognized at the Preservation Awards Ceremony that will be held in conjunction the 2014 annual conference in Tampa – Minarets to Mid-Century Modern: Preservation in Tampa Bay. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Tampa Theatre. Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre today serves an important community landmark. Designed by famed theater architect John Eberson, it is a superior example of his “atmospheric” style of design. The Tampa Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.

The Awards Ceremony will be followed by a reception at The Vault, an adaptively-used former bank building. Tickets are required for the reception.

Interested in registering for the conference? You can register online here

Posted: February 10, 2014
36th Annual Preservation Conference: May 15-17, 2014 — Tampa, Florida

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2014 annual conference, the 36th annual conference of the organization. The 2014 conference will take place in Tampa, Florida (May 15-17, 2014), and will feature the largest offering ever of workshops, local tours, and special events in the bustling downtown, Ybor City, and historic buildings and neighborhoods that define Tampa.

Conference registration is active online and can be accessed here. Members of the Florida Trust will receive Save the Date and other conference information via USPS mail.
GwenWright, by Amy Etra PBS, 2008
The Florida Trust is pleased to announce the conference keynote speaker. Gwendolyn Wright is Professor of Architecture in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She received her MArch and a PhD from UC Berkeley. Professor Wright received tenure in 1986, becoming the first tenured woman in the School. From 1988 to 1992, she was the director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University.

Wright has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Ford Foundation and other institutions. In 1985 she was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians, which honors literary quality in America history writing, She is also a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians, the highest honor in that field.

Wright is the author or editor of six major books. Her most recent, USA (2008), is part of Reaktion Books’ international series, Modern Architectures in History, that presents the distinctive narratives of 25 different nations. Wright is also the author of The Politics of Design in French Colonial Urbanism (1991), Building the Dream: A Social History of Housing in America (1981 —- now in its 17th printing and being translated into Chinese), and Moralism and the Model Home: Domestic Architecture and Cultural Conflict in Chicago, 1873-1913 (1980). She is the editor of The Formation of National Collections of Art and Archaeology (1995) and The History of History in American Schools of Architecture, 1865-1965 (1990). Her scholarly articles have appeared in books and journals around the world. She focuses principally on the interconnections between architecture, urbanism and political culture in the late-19th and 20th centuries. Her special interests are the history and future of American housing; popular and professional “urban imaginaries”; and trans-nationalism, especially colonial and post-colonial design.

Since 2001 Wright has also been one of four hosts for the PBS television series, “History Detectives.” The program explains the processes, ambiguities and pleasures of historical research to a general audience —- including how to evaluate conflicting evidence and contrasting interpretations. Now the third most widely-viewed show on PBS, “History Detectives” has a contract for two more seasons.

A biography is available in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Posted: February 10, 2014
Deadlines Extended for 2014 Preservation Awards and Most Endangered Nominations

The Florida Trust has extended the deadline for receiving nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards and the 2014 Most Endangered programs. The February 28 deadline has been extended to March 7.

Nominations for Awards can be submitted using the processes described in the Call for Nominations for Preservation Awards here.

Nominations for Most Endangered Historic Sites can be submitted using the processes described in the Call for Nominations for Eleven Most Endangered 2014 described here.

Nominations received after March 7 will not be considered during this cycle.

Posted: February 10, 2014
Florida Trust to Sponsor 2014 People-to-People Trips to Havana and Cuban Countryside
Capitol dome looking down side street

Immerse yourself in the history, culture, the people, and the architectural riches on a People-to-People exchange trip to Cuba.

Building on the success of a trip to Havana in October of 2013, the Florida Trust will sponsor two trips in October of 2014. Both trips will focus on the historic architecture from the Spanish Colonial period to mid-twentieth century, the many shared architectural influences between Cuba and Florida, and the importance of embracing international historic preservation values.

These trips are designed to provide meaningful exchanges on Cuba’s colonial heritage, interiors, restoration efforts, the jewels of modern architecture to 1959, efforts during the post-Revolution period of the 1960s and 1970s, and more. We will meet and tour with the dedicated preservationists working hard to preserve resources and show support for their efforts.

Trips are scheduled for October 5-11 for the Havana trip and October 12-20 for the Havana-Cienfuegos-Trinidad de Cuba trip. Travelers will receive a one-year membership in the Florida Trust at the Advocate level as a part of their trip costs.

The Florida Trust is a registered provider of continuing education with the American Institute of Architects. Continuing education credits will be offered through the AIA.

A complete itinerary for each trip with costs, and traveler reservation form may be downloaded from this page. Please contact Anne Peery at 850-224-8128 or for more information.


2014 Florida Trust Havana Trip Oct 5-11
2014 Florida Trust Havana-Trinidad- Trip Oct 12-20
2014 Cuba Traveler Reservation Form

Posted: February 07, 2014
Eleven Most Endangered - Call for Nominations 2014

The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2013 Most Endangered Historic Sites in Florida is February 28, 2014. UPDATE: The deadline for receiving nominations has been extended to March 7.

Each year, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces Florida’s Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites as part of the Annual Statewide Preservation Conference. The Most Endangered Historic Sites program is designed to increase the public’s awareness of the urgent need to save Florida’s neglected or threatened historic resources. We do that to empower local preservationists and preservation groups in their efforts to preserve Florida’s rich history.

The 2014 Eleven Most Endangered Sites will be announced on May 15, 2014, at the Opening Session of the Florida Trust’s 36th Anniversary Conference in Tampa, Florida.

Nomination Form

Posted: February 07, 2014
Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 Historic Preservation Awards

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2014 Call for Nominations for historic preservation awards, with a deadline for submitting nominations of February 28, 2014. UPDATE: The deadline for receiving nominations has been extended to March 7.

Those interested in nominating an individual or project for award recognition can view complete information on the 2014 Call for Nominations under the What We Do tab of this website.

The announcement includes a description of all categories and the process for submitting nominees. The deadline for submittal is February 28, 2014.

Each year the Florida Trust solicits nominations for outstanding examples of preservation of architectural, archaeological and cultural resources in Florida. The winners of awards in a variety of categories are announced and celebrated each year at the Florida Trust’s annual conference.

The Florida Trust also chooses individuals to receive the Carl Weinhardt Award and the Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award. The Carl Weinhardt Award is given to an individual to recognize his or her significant achievements and leadership in non-governmental state historic preservation arenas. The Evelyn Fortune Bartlett Award is given to an individual whose life exemplifies the guardianship of Florida’s historic properties through philosophy and actions.

The Awards Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Tampa Theater on Friday, May 16, 2014, during the 36th Annual Conference in Tampa, Florida, followed by a ticketed reception honoring the award winners. The reception will be held at The Vault, a restored bank facility now restored and adaptively used as an event venue.

A list of former winners of Preservation Awards can be found under the What We Do tab of this website.

Nomination Form


2014 Call for Nominations Awards Brochure

Posted: September 30, 2012
Florida's 2012–2016 Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan Available

Florida’s 2012–2016 Comprehensive Historic Preservation Plan, presented here, identifies and discusses the major economic, educational, environmental, political, and social issues and trends facing the state both now and in the future. Statewide historic preservation planning is a responsibility carried out under the National Historic Preservation Act by State Historic Preservation Offices in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All State Plans are approved by the National Park Service.

In Florida, the Director of the Division of Historical Resources within the Florida Department of State, is the designated State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). State historic preservation law (See Chapter 267, Florida Statutes) directs the Division of Historical Resources to cooperate with state and federal agencies, local governments, and private organizations and individuals to direct and conduct a comprehensive statewide survey of historic resources, to maintain an inventory of such resources, and to develop a statewide historic preservation plan.

The primary purpose of Florida’s historic preservation plan is to provide guidance for the implementation of sound planning procedures for the location, identification, and protection of the state’s archaeological and historic resources. The development and implementation of a comprehensive preservation plan should assist Florida’s preservation organizations in their efforts to protect Florida’s rapidly dwindling historic and archaeological resources.

Posted: August 15, 2012
Florida Trust to Partner with Cities for CLG Training

The Florida Trust is pleased to announce its partnership with the City of Tarpon Springs and the City of St. Augustine for Certified Local Government (CLG) training events to be held in 2013. The cities were both successful applicants for grants of $16,500 each from the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources.

The training events are open to current CLGs, local governments considering the designation, members of preservation boards and other interested citizens. The Tarpon Springs event will be held January 24-25, 2013; the St. Augustine event will be held May 14-15, 2013, just before the opening of the Florida Trust’s annual conference.

The training workshop will cover a variety of topics that include basic operations of a CLG as well as regional issues and challenges facing historic preservation commissions. A travel stipend will be offered to attendees; there is no charge to attend the training.

Since its inception in 1986, Florida’s Certified Local Government program has assisted in the survey, designation and preservation of thousands of historic and cultural resources and helped to increase public awareness of historic preservation. For a roster of all of Florida’s Certified Local Governments, click here.

Posted: June 30, 2012
Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announced the appointment of Anne Peery as the organization’s new Executive Director. A Florida resident since 1974, Peery brings to the organization more than thirty years of government, non-profit, and private-sector experience. President Leslee F. Keys stated, “We are pleased to have a person with Anne’s expertise and strengths represent the Florida Trust. She brings to the Trust a unique mix of leadership, administrative and stewardship skills that mesh well with the broad mission of the Trust.” Peery served as the first executive director of the Florida Communities Trust where she oversaw land conservation and historic and archaeological site preservation efforts throughout Florida. She worked for the Trust for Public Land and as a consultant to numerous businesses and organizations. She has been involved with historic preservation activities in Tallahassee and has been a strong advocate for historic preservation statewide.