Similar to the national level, the state of Florida has two layers – governmental run (The Florida
Department of State – Florida division of Historical Resources) and not-for-profit (the Florida Trust
for Historic Preservation).  A useful short history of Florida is available at [future link]

Florida Places of Interest by County

The Florida Department of State (Division of Historical Resources)

Within Florida, the governmental body for those things historic is the Florida Division of Historical
Resources.  Their web site is: This is the state agency responsible for promoting
the historical, archaeological, museum and folk culture resources in Florida.  The Director of the
Division of Historical Resources serves as Florida’s State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO),
providing a liaison with the national historic preservation program conducted by the National Park
Service.  This division provides architectural technical assistance to the public on historic
rehabilitation projects, provides architectural support for all Bureau programs (especially important in
the review of grant applications), reviews applications for federal tax credits for the rehabilitation of
historical properties, review applications for ad valorem tax relief projects in communities not
qualified to review locally, and administers the Florida Main Street Program.

Additionally, it reviews development projects of all types and provides technical assistance on
preservation laws to ensure compliance with state and local laws. It prepares and processes
nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. It maintains the paper file archive and
computer data base of all recorded historical structures and archaeological sites in Florida. And, it
documents and presents the folk life, folklore and folk arts of the state and coordinates a wide range
of activities of projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors about our
traditional culture.

The Division provides statewide services from its headquarters in Tallahassee and through
strategically located regional offices in St. Augustine, Tampa and Delray Beach. These resource
centers provide outreach into multi-county regions and serve to encourage historic preservation and
foster a statewide heritage network. They provide technical assistance to local governments and
individuals in nominating properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Placed.  Additionally
they assist in helping to obtain state and federal grants, opportunities in the Florida Main Street
program adoption of local historic preservation ordinances, achieving Certified Local Government
Status, training local preservation boards, assisting in heritage tourism initiatives, and providing public
education programs available through the Division of Historical Resources.

Model Guidelines for Design Review, patterned after the Guidelines set by the National Park
Service, were set by the Division of Historical Resources, Florida Department of State. Funding
enabled the publication of a book entitled “Model Guidelines for Design Review: a guide for
developing standards for historic rehabilitation in Florida communities.”  This publication is available
in print from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation at The full text, with
drawings and photos, is available at the City of Lake Worth’s web site. For the state of Florida the
specific standards and guidelines developed for rehabilitation, renovation, preservation and
reconstruction are accessible at Not just useful for rehabilitation guidelines, this
publication (and link to the on-ine version) gives an excellent overview of Florida history, breaking it
town into various periods.  Next, there is a chapter detailing the various architectural periods in
Florida. At the end, there is an excellent bibliography that is well worth browsing.

For an interesting analysis of what monetary benefits come from historic preservation actions, read
the “Economic Impacts of Historic Preservation in Florida at

Their web site also promoted Florida History & The Arts Magazine, several online resources, and
Heritage Trails publications


The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation was incorporated in 1978 with a mission to promote the
preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through property
stewardship, advocacy, and education.

Under its auspices through a permanent protection and recognition of historically significant Florida
properties is the Bonnet House in Ft. Lauderdale, donated to the Florida Trust in 1983. Listed on the
National Register, the Bonnet House is open to the pubic as a house museum year-round.

Additionally the Florida Trust accepts “easements” of historically significant properties to ensure
perpetual protection of the historic features of the buildings, landsapces and archaeological sites.  The
following are held by the Florida Trust

Angebilt Hotel, Orlando
Huttig Estate, Orlando
Lakeside Inn, Mt. Dora
Marion Hotel, Ocala
Matheson House, Gainesville
Snell Arcade, St. Petersburg
Wardlaw-Smith-Goza House, Madison
Wellsbilt Apartments, Orlando

Each year the Florida Trust recognizes outstanding historic preservation projects.  They also publish
a newsletter, “The Florida Preservationist,” and a full-color magazine, “Florida History and the Arts”
inserted into xxxxxxx, and Florida’s Heritage Resource Directory detailing those local, statewide and
national preservation resources available.

The Florida Trust has an annual conference, insider’s tours, professional education workshops and
statewide advocacy as a lobbying arm, and sponsors Historic preservation day.
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