Florida Architecture and Design Survey Pilot Project
No survey of important architectural archival collections has ever been completed in Florida and is long overdue. Preservationists, researchers, scholars, students, and the general public interested in the architectural histories of their communities have a difficult time locating these historical collections and often are sent on frustrating and unproductive searches for architectural records. This Survey project, which is being conducted in 2011, is the important first step in creating a collective source for this information. The survey, which is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8TYXMR, will collect information on extant archival records related to Florida architects and architecture that are located in cultural heritage institutions and will aid in the future publication of the Guide to the Architecture and Design Collections of Florida. The collected information also will be maintained on this Architecture Archives page. Check back for more information and updates, or contact John Nemmers, Archivist, 352-273-2766.
Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures
We're excited to announce that Flagler College and UF are collaborating on a grant-funded project to conserve and digitize two important architectural collections held here in the Architecture Archives. Conservation and digitization of the Flagler College Hotel Ponce de Leon Architectural Collection and the Memorial Presbyterian Church Architectural Collection will be supported in part by a Federal Save America's Treasures grant administered by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Saving St. Augustine's Architectural Treasures project will conserve and digitize these irreplaceable, earliest architectural drawings of John Carrère and Thomas Hastings. Created in St. Augustine, Florida, for Henry Flagler, the collections include drawings for both the Hotel Ponce de Leon (1885-1887), now Ponce de Leon Hall at Flagler College (National Register, 1975), and the Memorial Presbyterian Church (1889-1890) (National Register, 1983). During this two-year project, over 260 drawings will be conserved and reproduced digitally by the UF Smathers Libraries. Once the drawings have been digitized, they will be made available online in the UF Digital Collections (UFDC). To learn more and to follow the progress of the project please visit: http://flaglerdrawings.wordpress.com/.
For further information on Architecture Archives projects and initiatives, please contact: John Nemmers, Archivist in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections.