News & Announcements

Posted: October 28, 2015
R.J. Heisenbottle Architects Wins AIA Miami 2015 People's Choice Award

Preservation Partner and Florida Trust Member R.J. Heisenbottle Architects was recognized by AIA Miami for its restoration of the Glenn H. Curtiss Mansion in Miami Springs, Florida.

Built in 1925, the Curtiss Mansion was the home of aviation pioneer Glenn Hammond Curtiss who, along with James Bright, founded the cities of Miami Springs, Hialeah and Opa-Locka. Curtiss and Bright selected the Pueblo theme for Miami Springs, which was inspired by the architectural vocabulary of Arizona and New Mexico during the 1920s and Curtiss’s then-recent trip through New Mexico on his way to Florida from Coronado, CA, where he had trained the first US Naval aviators. The Curtiss Mansion is one of the finest examples of this hybrid style that was built in Miami Springs.

Over the years, deterioration, vandalism, neglect and multiple arson fires decimated the building into a roofless shell. After 12 years (interrupted by the tragedy of 9/11) of painstaking fundraising efforts by Curtiss Mansion, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, the complicated and meticulous historic restoration began in 2009. R.J. Heisenbottle Architects restored and, where necessary, replicated the building’s historic character and design elements to the original 1925 configuration based on historic research and photographs. Douglas Wood Associates and Gartek Engineering were essential in providing the structural and MEP solutions for this major rehabilitation effort that balanced a respectful treatment of the historical character while providing modern amenities. The Curtiss Mansion reopened its doors to the public in 2012 as an historic site dedicated to Glenn Curtiss’s and other’s contributions to transportation history, with an accent on aviation, the home of the Curtiss Explorers and Camp Invention, as well as a rental venue for social, corporate, civic, governmental, educational and entertainment events. Photo credit: Dan Forer

Posted: October 05, 2015
Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966--New Promotional Images Available

Preservation50 is the United States’ four-year effort to celebrate, learn from and leverage the National Historic Preservation Act’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America.

Preservation50 wishes to empower local preservationists to add their own efforts to the celebration. We encourage you to make use of one of the six Preservation50 logos. Incorporating the logos into your local Preservation50 event can increase public awareness of the national celebration and help promote historic and cultural preservation across the nation. View guidelines and download images online.

Special thanks to designers Slavisa Jajcanin, freelance designer, and Griswold for their contributions to the P50 poster designs.

Posted: September 30, 2015
Florida Division of Historical Resources Announces Rankings for Grant Applicants--Tallahassee

The Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources announces its final ranking for the 2017 Special Category Grant applicants. View the final rankings here or visit the Department’s website and learn more about the State Grant Programs.

Posted: September 10, 2015
Annual Conference: Historic Preservation--A Capital Idea!

Historic Preservation—A Capital Idea! Celebrating the
50th Anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966

The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation announces its 2016 annual conference. Don’t miss the 38th Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Conference, scheduled May 12-14 in Tallahassee, Florida. The conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966 with the theme Historic Preservation—A Capital Idea! This event promises top-notch educational programs, spectacular venues for special events, interesting destinations for tours, qualified CEUs, and more. Expert speakers and networking experiences will leave you anticipating the next FTHP event.

Registration will open in late January 2016. Members will receive communications about registration, which will also be posted on our website.

The conference hotel will be the Hotel Duval located in Tallahassee’s historic downtown district, where we will enjoy beautiful views and a discounted room rate in the Florida Trust room block. Stay Tuned…

Posted: May 12, 2015
Annual Conference Survey - Your Feedback Matters!

Each year following the annual conference, the Florida Trust collects evaluation surveys from conference attendees to measure experiences with workshops, tours, speakers, event venues, as well as to collect ideas for future conferences. If you attended the 2015 conference in Miami, “Historic Places/Modern Spaces,” the Florida Trust would like to hear about your experience. This survey can be used share information about the conference itself as well as heritage tourism information such as dollars spent, room nights in hotels, and other similar data.

Please complete the survey here:

Posted: May 12, 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: May 11, 2015
Historic Places/Modern Spaces: Preservation in Greater Miami

Save the Date 2015The 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.


The conference kicks off with the Opening Session at the remarkably restored Scottish Rite Temple, where Secretary of State Ken Detzner and other dignitaries will welcome conference attendees to Miami. The Florida Trust will announce its 2015 Eleven Most Endangered Historic Sites during the Opening Session.
Attendees will then return to the conference hotel for the Annual Meeting and Keynote Luncheon.

The Keynote Address will be given by Alastair Gordon, award-winning critic and author who has written about the built environment for many publications including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He has published several critically acclaimed books including Naked Airport, Weekend Utopia, Spaced Out and Wandering Forms. Gordon is currently a Distinguished Fellow at the Miami Beach Urban Studios (FIU) and architecture critic for the Miami Herald. Gordon launched the Wall to Wall blog on the Wall Street Journal web site and continues to write it as:

Thursday evening features the Opening Reception, to be held at Miami Freedom Tower, a National Landmark sometimes referred to as the Ellis Island of the South for its role from 1962 through 1974 as the Cuban Assistance Center.

Friday evening features the 2015 Preservation Awards Ceremony at the recently-restored Miami Senior High School. Honorees will then be celebrated at the Awards Reception at The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building.

The conference always features all-day tours on Saturday, and the Miami tours won’t disappoint.

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 is posted here.

Posted: April 07, 2015
Annual Meeting Notice, New Trustees to be Elected, New Officers Presented

Each year during the annual conference of the Florida Trust, an annual meeting of the members is held. This year’s annual meeting will be held May 7 at the annual conference in Miami, in conjunction with the Keynote Address and luncheon. The meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Watson Room of the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay, located at 1633 North Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL.

Presentation of New Officers

Newly elected officers of the Board of Trustees, who will serve a two-year term, will be presented to the members present. The proposed slate includes the following:
President—Clay Henderson, New Smyrna Beach
Vice President- Friederike Mittner, West Palm Beach
Secretary—Shorty Robbins, Sanford
Treasurer—Ryan Malloy, St. Petersburg

Election of New Trustees

Members present will vote to elect new Trustees, who will serve a three-year term under the organization’s by-laws.

Those nominated for consideration and vote by the members present at the annual meeting are the following:

Adrienne Burke, Community Development Director, City of Fernandina Beach, Florida
Heather Mitchell, Vice President for Resource Development, Executive Director of The Foundation, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida
Linda Stevenson, Principal Architect, Stevenson Architects, Inc., Bradenton, Florida, and Adjunct professor, Historic Preservation Program, University of Florida

Election shall be by a majority of the members present at the annual meeting.

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: 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