News & Announcements

Posted: February 27, 2015
Most Endangered Deadline EXTENDED through March 6th

The Florida Trust has extended the deadline for receiving nominations for the 2015 Most Endangered programs. The February 28th deadline has been extended to March 6th.

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 2015 Eleven Most Endangered Sites will be announced on May 7, 2015, at the Opening Session of the Florida Trust’s 37th Anniversary Conference in Miami, Florida.

Please call our office at 850-224-8128 for assistance, if necessary.

Nomination Form

Posted: February 09, 2015
Florida Trust to Sponsor 2015 People-to-People Trips to Havana, Cuba
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 trips to Havana in October of 2013 and 2014, the Florida Trust will again sponsor a trip in October of 2015. The trip 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.

This trip is 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.

Trip is scheduled for October 11-17, 2015. 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.


2015 Florida Trust Havana Trip Oct. 11-17
2015 Cuba Traveler Reservation Form

Posted: January 02, 2015
Historic Places/Modern Spaces: Preservation in Greater Miami

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2015 annual conference, the 37th annual conference of the organization. The 2015 conference will take place in Miami, Florida May 7-9, 2015, and will feature workshops, local tours, and special events in the bustling historic downtown of Miami.
Save the Date 2015
Conference registration will begin early in 2015. Watch for announcements on the Florida Trust website. Members of the Florida Trust will receive Save the Date and other conference information via USPS mail.

The conference hotel will be the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, where we will enjoy a comprehensive renovation, beautiful views of Biscayne Bay and the city, and a deeply discounted room rate in the Florida Trust room block. Hotel information will be posted soon.

Become a Sponsor
The Florida Trust is always grateful for the financial support of our generous sponsors. Find out how you can become a sponsor of the 2015 annual conference here.

Posted: December 09, 2014
Call for Nominations: 2015 Preservation Awards

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2015 Call for Nominations for historic preservation awards, with a deadline for submitting nominations of February 28, 2015.

Those interested in nominating an individual or project for award recognition can view complete information on the 2015 Call for Nominations by downloading the announcement located at the bottom of this page.The announcement includes a description of all categories and the process for submitting nominees.

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, and introducing a new award, the Roy E. Graham 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 Roy E. Graham Award is given to an individual who has made a long-term contribution to the field of historic preservation education,ensuring that future generations understand the importance of preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida.

The Awards Recognition Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015, during the 37th Annual Conference in Miami, Florida, followed by a ticketed reception honoring the award winners.

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

Nomination Form


2015 Call for Nominations for Awards

Posted: December 01, 2014
Florida Trust's Year End Appeal

Over the past year, we’ve observed that Florida communities are seeing improvements in the economy, with corresponding growth in population and increasing numbers of requests for development. Of particular concern to preservationists, demolitions of historic structures are being approved in communities that have historically protected these irreplaceable resources.

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is Florida’s statewide voice for historic preservation. We have been involved in a number of these worrisome local fights, and will continue to advocate before elected bodies the importance of protecting Florida’s historic resources.

As the year comes to a close, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation asks that you consider the organization as you make your year-end donations this season. You are receiving this special request based on your past involvement with the Florida Trust, for which we are indeed grateful.

We invite you to consider the following categories for a contribution:
• General Donation
• In Memoriam or In Honor, acknowledging a friend or family member
• Circle of 100 retiring debt on Florida Trust House
• Specific repairs to the Florida Trust House

The Florida Trust is the steward and owner of the Hays-Hood House, a historic 1910 Queen Anne house. A costly reconstruction of the non-historic, second floor fire escape staircase and ADA wheelchair ramp, and the historic decking over the rear porch is needed, with the cost estimated at $40,000 or more. Historic grants are often limited in scope, and require matching funds. A gift of any amount will help keep the Florida Trust House in good repair.

Donations, in any amount, can be made online here using a credit card or mailed to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Inc. at PO Box 11206, Tallahassee, FL 32302. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by the law. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit 501©(3) corporation.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement with the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. With the support of generous donors like you, we look forward to continuing our mission of promoting the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and historic property stewardship.

Posted: October 23, 2014
Florida Trust Urges Floridians to Vote YES on Amendment 1

by Clay Henderson, Vice-President, New Smyrna Beach

On election day Florida voters have an opportunity to create a lasting legacy of what is special about our state. Amendment 1, the Water and Land Legacy Initiative, has the potential to do so much to protect special places, secure clean fresh water, and protect our heritage. The amendment proposes to dedicate a portion of an existing tax for land and water conservation, outdoor recreation and historic preservation.

For more than 20 years, programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever gave us the tools to expand our Florida State Parks, protect historical sites, conserve habitat for rare species, and provide outdoor recreational opportunities for Floridian and visitors alike. Unfortunately, the Legislature failed to adequately fund these programs over the last few years. That is why nearly one million Floridians signed a petition to place Amendment 1 on the November ballot.

That is also the reason that the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, in August 2013, endorsed the initiative and has been working ever since to communicate the importance of Amendment 1. We are pleased to join with the Florida League of Women Voters, and Florida’s major conservation organizations in this campaign.

Amendment 1 will provide new funding for a range of historic preservation projects. This is very important for preserving our heritage, providing opportunities for heritage tourism, and protecting the special character of many of Florida’s historic communities. Historic preservation has provided significant opportunities for economic development across the state. A recent study by the University of Florida showed over a $6 billion annual impact from historic preservation.

Under programs such as Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, over 818 archaeological or historic sites were protected, including the Miami Circle; Tallahassee’s DeSoto Encampment Site, The Grove, and Mission San Luis; Tampa’s Fort Brook Park; Apalachicola’s historic waterfront; Princess Place in Flagler County; Deering Estate Cutler Ridge/Miami; Nassau County’s American Beach Historic Park; and the ancient mounds at Volusia County’s Spruce Creek.

One of the most successful programs was the Florida Communities Trust, which provided grants to local governments to secure locally important projects. Some examples of the lengthy list of Florida Communities Trust historic preservation projects include the following:

  • Jones’s Pier in Indian River County, an historic home site along the Jungle Trail that once served as a tourist destination, farm-to-market transportation of citrus and tropical fruits, and commercial fishing
  • The expansion of Fort Mose State Park in St. Johns County, site of the first free-black settlement in the United States
  • The fourth phase of the Cypress Creek Natural Area in Palm Beach County, which contains a portion of the Seminole War-era Loxahatchee Battlefield
  • Kroegel Homestead in Indian River County, home of Paul Kroegel, champion of the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and first wildlife warden at the very first national wildlife refuge
  • The 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse in Manatee County, listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • The Fort King site in Ocala, headquarters of Second Seminole War operations and now a National Historic Landmark

Unfortunately, there has been no state funding for acquisition in the last several years. Several projects deemed Critical Historic Resources are in need of funding in order to preserve them. Without funding for historic preservation, these cultural resources will be lost forever.

Amendment 1 dedicates funding from an already existing tax for land acquisition, improvement, restoration, and management of water projects, conservation lands, and historic preservation. No new taxes are involved. This is the same source that was used for the Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever programs. The Florida Legislature will then pass implementation language that will describe how the funds will be allocated and processes to be followed by particular agencies charged with responsibilities relating to the legislation.

Once voters ratify this amendment, it will be a lasting legacy for Florida for years to come. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation urges Florida voters to vote YES on Amendment 1.

Posted: July 02, 2014
37th Annual Conference to be held in Miami May 6-9, 2015

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces the dates of its 37th annual conference, to be held in Miami May 6-9, 2015. This is a one-time departure from the traditional timing of the conference, which is historically the week following Mother’s Day. Watch the Florida Trust website for more announcements as hotel and lodging, keynote speaker, sponsorship opportunities, and registration information is made available.

Posted: June 03, 2014
Photos from 2014 Conference Are Available!

Photos taken during the 2014 annual conference are available for viewing and downloading. Photographer Jeremy Scott has posted photos, which will be available online for one year. You may access the photos by clicking here

Photos depict activities during the Annual Meeting Luncheon, Opening Reception, Awards Ceremony and Awards Reception. You’ll see both the cheerful faces of conference participants as well as the interesting venues for each event.

If used for publication, the photos must be credited to Jeremy Scott Photography

For more information about photos, contact the Florida Trust offices at 850-224-8128.

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