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...
The Downtown Development Board is hosting a walking tour to highlight historic points of interest in Downtown Orlando on Thursday, March 2. The 45-minute walking tour will feature multiple guest speakers, including Michael Perkins, Executive Director of the Historical Society...
"Hey Brendan, wanna report on OCPS voting to rename Lee Middle to College Park middle so as to not be named after a racist?" - Brad The School Advisory Council of Robert E. Lee Middle School voted to change the...
The owner of a home near Dubsdread Golf-course has applied to the City of Orlando to designate the property as an Orlando Historic Landmark. The property, located at 3206 Greens Avenue , was built in 1935 and designed by local...
Rendering by Process Architecture An unnamed developer has filed a petition to the Historic Preservation Board to rehabilitate the facade of the 41 West Church Street building in Downtown Orlando . The building was once the home of the Dubliner and...
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...
In September we wrote about the historic Hanson Building being for sale, HERE,  and now we are reporting that the space has been purchased by local realtor Dustin Bowersett. The same Dustin Bowersett that ran for Soil and Water...
The City of Orlando is planning to present plans for a Tinker Field History Plaza, to be installed at the Camping World Stadium site, at the next Historic Preservation Board meeting on November 2. The space, shown above, is meant to...
George Collins Jr. was a WWII Army veteran and patriarch of the Collins Family, a local family with deep roots and history in Winter Park's Hannibal Square. He was also an amateur photographer, and his works have just been added...
The new-ish owners of Porter Paints at the corner of Colonial Drive and Summerlin Avenue , PPG Paints, will be altering their historic sign by adding some new vinyl signage to cover up a portion of what's there now. The...
Edit: The City of Orlando Real Estate Division is not actively seeking a new tenant for the building at this time. "Hullo! Any idea what is going on with the boarded up Victorian house under the 408 downtown? The one...
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)...
The Dinkey Line (spelled with an "e") was Orlando's first light-rail transit. It ran from Downtown Orlando to Winter Park, and eventually to the "picnic fields" in Oviedo. It was a narrowly gauged railway that opened in 1889. It was...
The City of Orlando is ramping up for their 2017 calendar and they need your photos to make it happen. The 2017 theme for the calendar is "Verticality in Architecture and will focus on photography that looks at vertical elements...
Attention has been focused on the Southwest corner of Lake Eola lately due to the pending possibility of a new high rise being erected there. More on that, HERE. The original plans submitted by the developer proposed a redesign of...
  At one time, Park Lake was known as Manning Pond or Lake Manning. It was named after Mrs Manning, a widow who started the City's first public laundry. She used wooden barrels, cut in half, as tubs. She also...
By Frank Flanagan and Brendan O'Connor Rich in cultural history Orlando’s Parliament House, now in its fortieth year, is celebrated in a new short-form documentary from David Bains of the GLBT History Museum of Central Florida (Website). The documentary was published...
Bungalower has been spending a lot of time in the Orange County Regional History Center (Website) this year, since we launched our Did You Know-town feature. Recently we came across this archived photo of a lonely tree growing out of...
OUC invited Bungalower to take a hard hat tour of the remediation work being done inside the building. While there, it was clear that they were taking their time to be meticulous in the removal of the contaminated soil while...
Every year since 1989, the City of Orlando releases a Historic Preservation Board Calendar. This year's theme is "Bungalows of Orlando's Historic Districts." Photos for the calendar are selected from submissions of Orlando residents. Photos for the 2016 calendar must show...
The City of Orlando is launching a program to celebrate and recognize sites of historic note in the downtown and Parramore area. The program will install 25 plaques that will be part of the City's Historic Walking Tour, by the...
This story was originally written by Steve Herring at orlandoretro.com and is a part of an ongoing partnership with Bungalower to educate and familiarize Orlando residents with important local historic landmarks.  From 1924 until 1990 this corner of Orange Avenue and Colonial Drive belonged to...
Did You Know-town is a series of hyper-local trivia bits about the City Beautiful. Mr. Joseph Bumby was one of Orlando's best-loved pioneers and many of the city's buildings and even a street bare his name. Joseph Bumby married the love...
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.  Little has changed on the corner of Jefferson and Magnolia in the last 93 years....
Did you know that the City of Orlando has mapped out a self-guided walking tour of the Downtown's Historic District? It's available for download here. The Downtown Orlando Historic District was officially designated by the Orlando City Council and Historic...