PRESERVATION CAPEN NEWS!

The Friends of Casa Feliz are delighted to announce that the Preservation Capen Movement is off and running!  The last two weeks have brought some terrific developments in the project to save the Capen-Showalter House by moving the 1885 structure from its current location, by barge, to the beautiful grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens.

Community Leadership Joins Crusade:  Leading the charge is an All-Star Team of community leaders, including Lawson Lamar, Thaddeus Seymour, Jack Miles, Barbara DeVane, Ann Hicks Murrah, Chip Weston, Pat Robertson, Stephen Pategas, and 50 years of Winter Park Mayors:  David Strong, Kip Marchman, Gary Brewer, Dan Hunter, David Johnston, Allen Trovillion, Terry Hotard and Joe Terranova.

Noted Preservationist To Lead Project:  Christine Madrid French has signed on as project director for Preservation Capen.  An architectural historian, Chris brings a wealth of experience to the project. Her professional experience includes directing the Modernism + Recent Past program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and directing projects for the National Park Service, the City of Philadelphia and the University of Virginia. She can be reached at preservationcapen@polasek.org.

Elizabeth & Polasek

File under ‘S’ for ‘Serendipity': Museum offi­cials recently dis­cov­ered that the Capen-Showalter House and the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculp­ture Gar­dens are linked by friend­ship and fam­ily ties!   Albin Polasek’s closest friends were Percy and Charlotte Capen Eckhart, whose children he immortalized in his art.

The museum’s beloved “Elizabeth” sculpture features the Eckharts’ daughter, who is James Seymour Capen’s niece!  The sculptor and his subject are shown at right.  Next week, the museum will host Capen descendents Melissa Capen Rolston of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ann Capen Hunt of Eads, Tennessee, for the grand kickoff of Preservation Capen. What a thrill it will be to reunite the Capen and Polasek families!

Join the Team!  You can help!  Please join us for:

Preservation Capen

Project Kickoff and Press Event

Thursday, August 8; 12:00 noon

Albin Polasek Museum

633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park

In the meantime, please consider making a donation to this important community-wide effort to preserve one of Winter Park’s most historic homes.   Make your contribution here:  http://www.polasek.org/donate-to-keep-the-capen/.

capen house 1920s

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  1. It sounds like you have it going well. However, feel free to counsel with me as needed.

    We recently provided fund development services for the $1.5 million restoration of a 1928 theatre in Inverness FL, the last element of the development of the City’s arts/cultural district. We also helped the City of Daytona Beach with a major grant to provide upgrades to the 1945 Peabody Auditorium.
    Bob Kovacevich

  2. LESLIE

    HOW ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS!!!!!!!! I WISH ALL THIS WAS TAKING PLACE IN SEPTEMBER, WHEN I’LL BE BACK HOME!

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