2019 Historic Preservation Board Calendar – City of Orlando Photography Competition
The City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board is excited to announce the theme of the 2019 Historic Preservation Board Calendar and photography competition. The 2019 calendar celebrates Orlando’s historic streetscape and landscape features.
Streetscapes and landscape features visually enhance historic districts, neighborhoods, parks, and business districts. Orlando has a long history of dedicating efforts to increase urban design standards, encourage walkability, and promote our beautiful City.
In 1908, the City sponsored a contest to select a new motto for the City. Mrs. W.S. Branch, Sr., won with her title, “The City Beautiful”. The City Beautiful movement was a National effort to enhance the quality of life in cities in the late 19th century and early 20th century by planting street trees for future canopies, paving streets, protecting lakeshores, and creating public parks. In Orlando, beautification efforts involved planting palms, azaleas, and flowering trees and shrubs throughout the City. In 1885, Albert Gallatin Branham planted approximately 400 oak trees in the City, which began the tree canopies found throughout our historic neighborhoods. Orlando’s oldest neighborhoods are also planned around one or more lakes. Many of these lakes are open to the public realm with accessible paths, bridges, and surrounding brick streets with the homes fronting the lake, instead of private lots hiding the lakes from common view. This was a deliberate design plan in Orlando to conserve and promote Orlando’s natural beauty.
2019 will celebrate 100 years since Mayor Giles authorized a bill entitling all women of the City of Orlando to participate in all municipal elections. On May 21, 1919, the women of Orlando exercised their first voting rights by voting and approving a $300,000 bond issue for street paving. In the following years, Orlando’s rural appearance and dirt roads was replaced with bricked streets, widened roadways, and marked parking spaces. In 1926, the Orlando City Plan proposed a system of pleasure drives which would connect lakes and parks with landscaped streets. For over 100 years, the City of Orlando has passed many ordinances and plans to protect and preserve Orlando’s natural beauty, as well as, establishing Historic Districts to preserve historic buildings, and increasing public parks to enhance the quality of life of its citizens.
The Historic Preservation Board is seeking photographs that capture the built historic streetscape and landscape enhancements to its natural beauty. Streetscape and landscape features may be defined as bricked streets, decorative fences or gates, bridges, paths, arbors, fountains, statues, monuments, street lighting, or other constructed enhancements throughout the City’s historic neighborhoods, districts, parks, cemeteries, and historic Downtown business district. Photographs may be taken from residences, public streets, or any of the City’s local parks or gardens such as Lake Eola Park, Dickson-Azalea Park, Leu Gardens, Greenwood Cemetery, or Orwin Manor Park.
A $100 honorarium will be awarded to each photographer whose picture is selected for the 2019 Historic Preservation Board Calendar, sponsored by McCoy Federal Credit Union.
For more information about local historic streetscapes and landscapes, maps of the Historic Districts and local Parks, and the Calendar Competition, please visit: http://www.cityoforlando.net/city-planning/boards/historic-preservation-board/board-calendars/
Photos must be submitted or postmarked by July 13, 2018 at 5 p.m.
Photographs must be black and white and printed on 8″ x 10″ or 8½” X 11″ photo paper with a white border. Vertical or horizontal photographs are acceptable. Up to three photographs, labeled on the back with your name, daytime telephone number, e-mail address, and the address of the subject must be submitted or postmarked by July 13, 2018 at 5 p.m. Photos not labeled with a site address will be disqualified. Winning photos will be selected by members of the Historic Preservation Board through blind judging. Send or drop off photographs to the Historic Preservation Office (6th Floor), Orlando City Hall, P.O. Box 4990, 400 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL 32802. Submitted photographs become the property of the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Board for use in the annual calendar competition and associated promotions.
Anyone with questions about the calendar or photo competition can call Richard Forbes at 407.246.3350 or Heather Bonds at 407.246.3416.