Harry P. Leu, the namesake of Leu Botanical Gardens in Audubon Park, is one of Orlando's most memorable residents. In 1926 Leu purchased four acres of land next to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Garland Street, and converted an old...
The local branch of AIA Orlando, the American Institute of Architects, has released a first run of a book on local architecture, the Architectural Guide to Central Florida. The new book gives a comprehensive look at the region's "outstanding buildings" that span...
Townie Tourist (Facebook | Website) is a weekly series of tours, hosted by Orlando-native Jenny De Witt. De Witt takes viewers on a walking tour of a different neighborhood each Saturday at 10 a.m. and broadcasts it using Facebook...
Inhabit is a new series by local photographer David Lawrence (Website), that shares stories about the people who call Orlando home. It's an exploration of where people live and spend their days, whether that be at home, in an office, the streets...
Townie Tourist (Facebook | Website) is a weekly series of tours, hosted by Orlando-native Jenny De Witt. De Witt takes viewers on a walking tour of a different neighborhood each Saturday at 10 a.m. and broadcasts it using Facebook...
UPDATE: Ace Cafe will open for business at 7 a.m. Friday, May 19   Ace Cafe Orlando (Website) just hosted their first hard-hat media tour, on Tuesday, March 28, of their soon-to-open 35,000 SF Downtown entertainment plaza. The England-based company has been...
We often get photographs and tips from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, so we have started featuring them on the site in a series called Eyes on the Street, in honor of our favorite urbanist...
This story was originally written by orlandoretro.com and is a part of an ongoing partnership with Bungalower to educate and familiarize Orlando residents with important local historic landmarks.  By Steve Herring To start a new series of 2016 posts here is a look at recent...
Both the historic OUC Building Holiday sign and the Jack Kazanzas star will be turned on this weekend, marking the beginning of the holiday season in Orlando. The "Happy Holidays" sign atop the Historic Ivanhoe Building will be lit tonight,...
Two of City of Orlando's top planners, Elisabeth Dang and Terrence Miller, will be discussing how duplexes have become a focal point for redevelopment, in Orlando's downtown neighborhoods. The two will cover the history of Orlando's duplexes and look at...
The Peachtree House estate was built in 1928 by James Gamble Rogers II for Judge C. Arthur Yergey and then Senator Elizabeth Johnson. The historic home is located on the shores of Lake Concord in College Park at 505...
CLARK PHOTO VIA ORLANDO SENTINEL   Dr. James C. Clark, a UCF history professor, will share some of Florida's little known facts at the fall quarterly meeting of the Pine Castle Historical Society on September 11, at 3 p.m. Clark will...
PHOTO BY COLIN FORWARD Editor's Note: This is a rare opinion piece from us. We apologize for straying from our regular formula, but we felt the need to inform you of this interesting addition to Orlando's growing third place scene.  The...
PHOTO VIA @LAKEEOLA INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT   The Orange County Regional History Center (Facebook | Website) has been charged by the City of Orlando and Orange County, to serve as the official collecting agency for all items having to do with the...
Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Project is an exhibition created by the National Archives and Records Administration and organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. It will be on display at the Orange County Regional History Center (Website)...
Orlando-based photographer Carlos de los Angeles (Instagram | Website) exhibited a collection of photographs back in September, 2015 that sought to document a changing Ivanhoe Village. We wrote about the exhibition at College Park's Downtown Credo HERE. Angeles was motivated to document...
Every November, post Thanksgiving, the City of Orlando hangs a 600-pound golden star over Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando. The Jack Kazanzas star has been hung 50 feet over the street for 50 consecutive years. The tradition was birthed through...
We had a chance to tour the in-progress Samsara luxury condos development (Website) in Lake Eola Heights neighborhood early Monday morning. The project, owned by Katherine and Mark Kinchla, has been under construction for the past year and has...
The nationally touring blockbuster exhibit Mummies of the World will close to the public on November 29. The exhibition gives a closer look at the scientific study of mummies, and a window into how past cultures lived. Specimens in the exhibit include...
This Friday there will be a benefit for local writer hub/historic site the Kerouac Project of Orlando (Website), in New York. Beat poet Jack Kerouac spent some time in the College Park home in the late '50s. The house has...
   Did You Know-town is a series of hyper-local trivia bits about the City Beautiful.  Curry Ford was named after the Curry family, one of the early notable homesteaders in the Orlando area. They owned land in East Orlando, where the...
This Wednesday, a truck full of mummies will arrive at the Orlando Science Center (Gmap). Mummies of the World, is a nationally touring exhibition that has visited 11 cities and been viewed by over 1.3 M visitors, that opens on June...
The former OUC power plant in Ivanhoe Village has been through a lot in the last few years. A black mold scare sent the tenants (Orlando Ballet and CFCArts) packing back in August of 2013 and its sat vacant ever...
The City of Winter Park is looking at possibly changing their historic preservation guidelines. The City is looking at making it easier  to preserve and designate new historic districts as well as making it more difficult to demolish existing sites...
The Amtrak Station was built in 1926 and has been an iconic Orlando building ever since. Over recent years the station fell into disrepair - with a leaky roof, cracked walls and moldy stucco. Last August the City and State announced...