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Historic Preservation Board Calendars

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.


2019 Theme: Orlando’s historic streetscape and landscape features

Streetscapes and landscapes feature 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. 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 were 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
  • Headstones
  • Statues
  • Monuments
  • Historic Greenhouses or gazeboos
  • Street lighting
  • Historic golf course features
  • Other constructed enhancements throughout the city’s historic neighborhoods, districts, parks, cemeteries, and historic downtown business district

Photograph subjects may be taken of residential features in the historic districts, public streets, or at 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. To view maps of the Historic Districts and local Parks,  click here.


  • Honorarium: 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.
  • Deadline: Photos must be submitted or postmarked by July 13, 2018 at 5 p.m.
  • Photography Requirements: Photographs that do not follow the requirements will be disqualified.
    • Up to three photographs may be submitted.
    • All photographs must be black and white.
    • Photographs must be printed on 8″ x 10″ or 8½” X 11″ photo paper with a white border.
    • Vertical or horizontal photographs are accepted.
    • Label the back of the photograph with your name, phone number, email address, and physical address.


Photographs can be mailed or physically dropped off. To drop off your photographs, visit City Hall between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and drop them off at the Historic Preservation Office, located on the sixth floor.

If you’d prefer to send your photographs through the mail, send to the following address:
Orlando City Hall – Historic Preservation Office
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.

Winning photos will be selected by members of the Historic Preservation Board through blind judging.

If you need more information, call Richard Forbes at 407.246.3350 or Heather Bonds at 407.246.3416.


  • 1989 – General subject matter with landmarks and older structures
  • 1991 – General. Various historic resource areas
  • 1992 – Commercial architecture 1890-1960
  • 1993 – Historic schools of 1920s and 1930s*
  • 1994 – Pre-WWII religious buildings*
  • 1995 – Landmark signs*
  • 1996 – Historic natural and built landscapes and landscape features*
  • 1997 – The Porch*
  • 1998 – People and Preservation*
  • 1999 – Details. Architectural details*
  • 2000 – Orlando Through the Years*
  • 2001 – Colonialtown South Historic District*
  • 2002 – Downtown Historic District*
  • 2003 – Lake Cherokee Historic District*
  • 2005 – Lake Eola Heights Historic District*
  • 2007 – Lake Eola Fountain
  • 2008 – Lake Lawsona Historic District*
  • 2009 – Lake Copeland Historic District*
  • 2010 – Train stations*
  • 2011 – Parramore National Register District*
  • 2012 – Lake Ivanhoe Historic Residential District*
  • 2013 – Lake Adair-Lake Concord Residential District* 2013 Calendar
  • 2014 – Rosemere National Register District* 2014 Calendar
  • 2015 – Orlando’s Historic Landmarks* 2015 Calendar
  • 2016 – Bungalows of Orlando’s Historic Districts* 2016 Calendar 
  • 2017 – Verticality in Architecture*  2017 Calendar
  • 2018 – Mid-Century Modern Architecture* 2018 Calendar | 2018 Submissions