We applaud the efforts by architect Roger Cope of the Preservation Trust Board and Delray resident Price Patton, to persuade the Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Authority to preserve this historic 1937 house designed by Samuel Ogren Sr. The house will be moved to the CRA property on North Swinton Avenue to be repurposed for CRA offices. The preservation effort was fully supported CRA staffers and Delray Beach Mayor Shelly Petrolia, who serves as Chairwoman of the CRA. Mayor Petrolia was instrumental in bringing people together to facilitate the move. Below are photos of the historic house at 215 NE 7th Avenue being prepared for the move, which will take place next month. The last photo is an undated image of the 1937 Samuel Ogren designed house.
We want to thank Paula Newman-Rocker, The City of Delray Beach, and Dr. Debra Robinson of the PBC School Board for working together and agreeing to save buildings 1, 2 and 12 of Carver High School. The Preservation Trust will work towards historic designation and raising funds to restore those buildings. Special thanks to Trust Co-President Carolyn Patton and Price Patton for their work to get Carver High on the "2019 Florida's 11 to Save" list put out by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Stay tune for more updates on Carver High School.
One historic home in Palm Trail is saved by the City and will be moved to city-owned land. The 1937 house designed by Samuel Ogren, was set to be demolished to make way for three townhomes. We are grateful to the City for saving a piece of Delray's history, but as more older, single family homes are replaced by multiple townhomes - the character of established neighborhoods is at risk. In areas with RM zoning, allowing for multi-unit residential buildings, a developer can purchase a single family home and replace it with multiple townhomes to maximize investment. Several modern buildings are often crammed onto one lot with minimal landscaping - the effect can be jarring - and often not compatible with neighboring single family homes. One historic home in Palm Trail has been saved - but how many more single family homes will be destroyed to make way for townhomes?
Big meeting affecting Save Carver High coming up June 5th at 6 pm. School board has plans to tear down two of three buildings and save the gym which is termite ridden...so for how long? Come to city hall and get the facts and voice your opinion. See you there!
We sent a letter to City Commissioners a few days ago urging them to look into establishing the Historic Swinton Streetscape Overlay to protect one of our oldest historic streets from any future misguided plans that would negatively affect its beauty as a gateway to and through our historic OSSHAD area downtown. Commissioner Bathurst suggested this lasting protection during our recent successful drive to preserve the 150 trees that would have been destroyed by the FDOT proposal for bike lanes. We think other commissioners will be supportive. If you agree, please write to our commissioners and/or share this post to your FB friends and lets get moving!
Annual meeting was fun and productive. Thank you to the Delray Historical Society who let us use their lovely grounds and we held our business meeting in Cason Cottage. Stop by to see the exhibits if you haven’t visited in a while. The Historical Society does a great job educating people about Delray’s history. Meanwhile on the advocacy front, the Trust is encouraged by Commissioner Bill Bathurst’s idea of a Swinton Streetscape Historic Overlay for Swinton. We urge the City Commission to move forward on that concept. Let’s see if we can expand Historic Swinton so that the entire length of city right of way in Delray city limits is protected. Thanks also to Price Patton for some good research on what other cities have done. We also voted to support the Carver Historical Society in looking at the best way to preserve Carver and champion progress at the same time with enhanced use of the buildings. More to come.
Wednesday, February 6, 6 pm at City Hall, the Historic Preservation Board will discuss the possibility of a historic designation for Carver High School, designed by noted architect Gustav Maass, who also designed Delray's historic train depot. Two friends, Paula Newman-Rocker and Brenda Neal Edwards, who attend Carver High, the city's first all black high school before desegregation, are leading the fight to save the buildings. Their goal is to get Carver High School on the National Register of Historic Places - see their story, click here: https://cbs12.com/news/local/a-mission-to-preserve-and-revitalize-delrays-historic-black-high-school Please try to attend the Historic Preservation Board meeting Wednesday night, 6 pm at City Hall and support saving Carver High School - an important part of black history and Delray's history.