IN THIS ISSUE...
- Tall Timbers Receives Preservation Award
- Archaeologist L. Ross Morrell Passes
- Suncoast Connector Toll Road August Update
RESEARCH & LAND MANAGEMENT
- Targeted Management Reduces Wildfire Risk
- Red Hills Program to Control Feral Swine
- Tall Timbers and Southern Fire Exchange Partnership
- Frequent Fire and Hardwood Encroachment
- Newly Described Species Found at Tall Timbers
- Quail Hatch Report
Summer 2020 | Vol 13 | No 3
Tall Timbers Awarded 2020 Florida Preservation Award
Tall Timbers is pleased to announce that the John Russell Pope designed house at Dixie received a 2020 Florida Preservation Award for Restoration/Rehabilitation by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. The awards recognize people, organizations and communities who have worked to protect Florida’s extraordinary history and heritage. Award recipients were selected by a jury from around the state representing a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
“Although we are living in unprecedented times, it was important to us to continue our work recognizing excellence in historic preservation in our state,” said Florida Trust Board President Friederike Mittner. “Thank you to our award winners for all they do for preservation in our state.”
The 9,100-acre working/conservation property in Jefferson County is located in the heart of the Red Hills region, a distinct American landscape rich in natural and cultural resources. Under the Livingston family, the land became a highly regarded wild quail hunting preserve and one of the finest field trial venues in North America. The centerpiece of this grand estate is the 14,200-square-foot Neo-Classical Revival mansion designed in 1936 by John Russell Pope, one of the nation’s most prominent twentieth century architects. The Livingston residence was his only Florida-constructed design.
Thanks to the financial support from the State of Florida and significant private donations, Tall Timbers/DPR, Inc. has completed a three-phase restoration and rehabilitation of the historic house.
The expertise of Edwards Olson Architecture and Childers Construction Company ensured a high-quality final result, including exterior and interior finishes, a commercial grade kitchen, central heating and air conditioning, repaired plumbing, and life safety and accessibility upgrades.
In addition, the award recognizes the craftsmanship of International Fine Art Conservation Studios, Inc. (IFACS) in the restoration of the historic paneled rooms. IFACS also conducted a detailed historic paint analysis to determine the original interior colors of the building.
The restored venue will soon open to host scientific meetings and community events. According to Kevin McGorty, Land Conservancy Director, “the completion of this restoration project returns this unique country house to its rightful place as one of Florida’s architectural gems.”