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Do the Right Thing WINTER PARK

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We are a group of concerned citizens who value the importance of historical preservation and the richness that it provides to our communities and our nation. We cherish the wonderful charm, beauty, and grace of Winter Park, Florida and consider it a wonderful oasis for all to enjoy. We are disturbed to find that so many of the beautiful, charming historical homes that have graced the streets of this wonderful city are currently being prepared for demolition or have already been replaced with modern-day McMansions. We are saddened that these magnificent historical gems are not valued by many of our leaders.

It is a city's history that defines it and makes it unique. Its history gives Winter Park a palpable sense of place absent in so many newer communities. For people who prefer to see things in economic terms, there is indisputable evidence that historic preservation increases our property values and brings shoppers, diners, and tourists to our city. But ultimately, we must preserve these homes because it's simply the right thing to do.

A shining example of this concern lies at 520 N. Interlachen Avenue and the irreplaceable Capen Home. Built in 1885 by James Capen, one of the founders of Winter Park, this charming home has stood on one of the prime streets in Winter Park for over 128 years, the perfect symbol of a city that touches the hearts and minds of its citizens in so many ways. Once protected by a listing on the Winter Park Registry of Historic Places, this historic gem is now set for demolition, following an appeal by SunTrust Bank to remove its historical designation.

We are heart-broken that the actions and decisions of SunTrust Bank, the Winter Park City Commission, architect Phil Kean, realtor Kelly Price, and the Pokorny family, who purchased the property, will result in the destruction of this beloved property.

We do not believe that moving the house is an acceptable solution to this issue. This particular house is part of the Capen Home, which includes its beautiful lakefront location, the magnificent tree in the front yard, and many other important facets.

We appeal to each and every person who is involved in this project to reconsider their choices and SAVE THE CAPEN HOME at its current location to be enjoyed by current residents, visitors, and future generations.




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