May 13, 2019 – The City of Orlando has announced their selections for the ninth annual Centennial Award, celebrating The City of Orlando’s homes 100 years and older that display historic and architectural integrity.

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. Orlando is very fortunate to have a great number of treasured historic resources that help tell the story of the history of our City and its people,” according to the City of Orlando. “The annual Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes the places that our historic resources have within our City Beautiful and the hard work that goes into rehabilitating and preserving these structures and places so that they may be enjoyed today and for many generations to come.” 

Since 2011, the Centennial Award is 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, numerous 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 of this grand distinction.

One of the winning properties for 2019 is 635 Delaney Avenue 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 esteemed 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 landscape. The kitchen was revived to its former glory in 2018 by current owner, Patty Wolfe.

Says Ms. Wolfe, “I have been diligent in maintaining the home and grounds since I became its steward in 2014 by staying on top of preventative care and making strategic updates to fix aging features while keeping the history of the property.” The home is currently for sale with Linda Sitek and Steven Ritz with Keller Williams Winter Park. 

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 Centennial Award was first awarded in Orlando in 2011. To be eligible, a building must be turning 100 years or older in the year the award is given, display historic and architectural integrity, be well maintained, and be listed as a contributing structure in a Local Historic District or as an Orlando Historic Landmark. The award was presented in front of the Mayor and City Council on May 13th at 2pm at Orlando City Hall.