The City of Orlando has announced their selections for its ninth annual Centennial Award, in celebration of local homes that are 100 years and older.

Each May, during National Preservation Month, the Historic Preservation Board awards owners, preservationists, and developers for their stewardship and efforts to preserve Orlando’s historic resources. The annual Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes the hard work that goes into rehabilitating and preserving historic structures and places so that they may be enjoyed today and for future generations.

Since 2011, the Centennial Award has been given annually to the owner of a structure that has passed the 100 year mark and has been well maintained or appropriately rehabilitated. Each year, homeowners submit their properties for consideration before a panel comprised of the Publications and Awards Subcommittee of the Historic Preservation Board who select the winner.

One of the winning properties for 2019 is 635 Delaney Avenue [GMap] in the Lake Cherokee Historic District just south of Downtown Orlando. This is only the second property in the Lake Cherokee Historic District to be recognized with the Centennial Award.

Also known as the E.F. Akers estate, 635 Delaney Avenue has previously been heralded as one of only two examples of the hip roof classic revival cottage which can be found in Orlando. The home was updated in 1999 by Rex Tibbs to include a new kitchen/family room, new electric, plumbing, garage, roof, appliances, baths, paint. and landscaping.

Past winners of the Centennial Award include: David and Diane Martens, 229 E. Amelia Street; Patty and Chad Lalonda, 206 E Amelia Street; Josette and Jeff Weibel, 1023 E Livingston Street; Douglas and Elena Kegler, 614 Lake Avenue; Cassandra Lafser, 202 E Amelia Street; Daniel and Elizabeth Whitley, 615 E. Livingston Street; Alex Corzo, 21 Shine Avenue; Paul Richards, 907 E. Washington Street; and Carmine and Peg Bonacci, 646 E. Livingston Street.

The award was presented in front of the Mayor and City Council on May 13th at 2pm at Orlando City Hall.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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