Orlando is Seeking Photos for New Calendar

ORLANDO — In a state where big development seems to reign supreme, the concept of “historic preservation” is something residents are probably far more likely to equate with states like Vermont or Massachusetts.

Orlando does have its historic areas, though, including College Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and one of the most affluent. There is plenty to see and enjoy in College Park, which is why the City of Orlando is looking for photos of the neighborhood, and are calling on area photographers to get out their cameras and start clicking there.

This is an initiative by the City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation Board. Selected photos from the submissions will become part of the the 2025 Historic Preservation Board Calendar. So, the photography competition is on.

What is Orlando’s College Park Neighborhood?

 The College Park neighborhood is well known locally as one of the city’s most appealing, and certainly one with an abundance of historic preservation. The neighborhood close to downtown is known for its 20th-century cottages, for the shopping along Edgewater Drive with its popular gastropubs, and for its lakes. That includes Lake Ivanhoe, which is a popular spot for waterskiing and its gorgeous views of the downtown skyline around sunset.

College Park is also home to Dubsdread Golf Course, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Kerouac House Project, which has preserved the historic bungalow where writer Jack Kerouac lived and composed some of his books. The house is now a residence for aspiring writers.

What is the Orlando Historic Preservation Calendar?

As part of the city’s efforts to encourage and support historic preservation efforts, the city has been producing the Historic Preservation Board Calendar since 1991 “as a depiction of Orlando’s treasured historic resources,” the city noted in a news release.

With 2024 now well underway, the Preservation Board is looking ahead to its 2025 calendar and seeking the photographs that will become part of it.

“In order for photos to qualify, subject matter should be from structures that are at least 50 years old and be located in Historic College Park,” the city noted, adding that photographers should have a lot of appealing jewels in that district to capture on film.

“College Park is known for its architectural character found in the historical styles of Colonial Revival, Craftsman, Mediterranean Revival, Minimal Traditional, Mission, Neoclassical Revival and Tudor Revival,” the city notes. “Submission subjects can be of individual details or an entire structure. Exterior or interior images of the subject will be accepted. It is highly encouraged that submissions be from areas of College Park that are not included in the Lake Adair/Lake Concord or Lake Ivanhoe National Register Districts.”

The city provided a boundary map of the Historic College Park District here

An honorarium of $100 will be provided to each photographer whose work is chosen for the competition.

How Can Photographers Apply?

Contest submissions should be submitted or postmarked by Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m.  The rules of the competition are: 

  • Up to three photographs can be submitted per photographer.  
  • Photographs must be black and white and printed on 8” x 10” or 8 ½” X 11” photo paper with a white border.    
  • Vertical or horizontal photographs are acceptable.    
  • Each photograph must be labeled on the back with:
    • Photographer name  
    • Daytime telephone number  
    • E-mail address  
    • Address of the subject site  
  • Photos not labeled with a site address will be disqualified.   

Submissions can be mailed to the Historic Preservation Office, 6th Floor, Orlando City Hall, P.O. Box 4990, 400 S. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32802.  To learn more about the calendar competition, visit orlando.gov/calendarcontest, or call Jennifer Fritz-Hunter at 407.246.3416 or email Jennifer.Fritz-Hunter@orlando.gov with questions about the calendar or photo competition.  

Good luck!

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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