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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.


2020 Theme: Orlando’s Historic Mediterranean Revival Architecture

This year, we will focus on historic structures with the quintessential Florida architectural style of Mediterranean Revival.

Orlando’s earliest examples of the Mediterranean Revival style, the Rosalind Club and the Phillips Theatre, were built in 1916 and designed by Murry S. King. The style flourished in the 1920s during the Florida Land Boom as opportunists moved to Orlando and built their “Florida style” homes. The style was used in residences both as large estates and small bungalow styles, schools, commercial buildings, apartments, and as neighborhood entrance gates. James Gable Rogers II, Murry S. King, Samuel Stoltz, Ida Ryan, Howard Reynolds, and Richard Boone Rodgers are some of the notable local architects that utilized this versatile style. Wonderful examples of this style are found in many of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods such as Lake Eola Heights, Lake Cherokee, Orwin Manor, Lake Adair-Lake Concord and Spring Lake. Several prime examples have been designated as Orlando Local Landmarks or are contributing structures in the Local Historic Districts and the National Register of Historic Places Districts.

Mediterranean Revival architecture can be highly styled with a barrel tile roof, scrolled buttresses, arched windows and entrances, parapets, terra-cotta panels, reliefs, varied heights, and mock belfries. Open spaces such as verandahs, balconies, courtyards, and arcades are also incorporated into this style and typically combined with bright and tropical landscaping.  These characteristics provide a picturesque quality that attracts attention. With the varied elements that can be used in this style, each structure appears unique with its own combination of architectural character.

Competition Details:

What: A $100 honorarium will be awarded to each photographer whose picture is selected for the 2020 Historic Preservation Board Calendar, sponsored by McCoy Federal Credit Union. Photos not labeled with a site address will be disqualified.

When: Must be submitted or postmarked by July 12, 2019 at 5 p.m.

HOW: Photographs must be black and white and printed on 8” x 10” or 8 ½” 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 site. 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. Winning photos will be selected by members of the Historic Preservation Board through blind judging.

CONTACT:  Anyone with questions about the calendar or photo competition can 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
  • 2019-  Landscape and Streetscape Features 2019 Submissions
  • 2020- Historic Mediterranean Revival Architecture 2020 Calendar | 2020 Submissions