Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Casa Feliz

The greatest surviving masterpiece of Central Florida architect James Gamble Rogers II is considered to be the Barbour House, otherwise known as Casa Feliz. Located at the end of Park Avenue, the home was moved from its lakefront location to save it from demolition. It is available as a rental for private events and open to the public on Sundays. On the National Historic Register, it was created from bricks salvaged from the demoed National Armory. The wonderful property features many JGRII signature elements such as an intentionally distressed whitewash over the bricks, broken arches and hanging balconies. It's easy to get absorbed into the countless architectural details of this place, and the landscaping is tremendous. This 1930s Mediterranean Revival home is a Winter Park treasure and well worth a Sunday excursion.

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