Monday, October 7, 2013
On Saturday September 14th there was a rally for The Capen House in Winter Park's Central Park, adjacent to the rose garden. The citizens responsibly for trying to save the Capen house have a short window to make this happen, and they need the community behind this effort.This is a BIG , monumental,task to move a home built in 1885 across Lake Osceola to the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum and Gardens where it can be enjoyed by Winter Park residents and visitors for years to come!
As of the date of the rally, $200,000 had been raised towards the project. An additional $450,000 would need to be raised by the end of November to save the house from demolition and reserve the contractors for the move. The house will have to be cut in half and then the parts will be floated across the lake on barges. The committee is hoping that the actual transport would happen on December 14th to coincide with the Winter Park Boat Parade.
In the tent, past Winter Park mayors voiced their support for the project. If funds aren't raised, then the home will face demolition as it is replaced with a much larger McMansion. If it finds it's way to the Polasec, it will be used for celebrations like wedding receptions and community fundraisers. It would become a place of celebration for many future generations. Relocating the Capen House to the Museum property is a mutually beneficial solution for the current owners, Winter Park residents, and the greater Central Florida community,” says Debbie Komanski, Executive Director of The Polasek. The Polasek Museum property, with a sweeping lawn to the water, can easily accommodate the 6,000 sq. ft. house which will be used for public events and education offices for the Museum. Moving the home by barge, not an unusual event in Florida simplifies the relocation effort and significantly reduces project costs.
A small model of the home floated in a small plastic pool. Kids were encouraged to save the home by scooping up small balls with a net. Kids won prizes for scooping up the most balls. The Winter Park Owl wandered around like a Disney theme park character. He leaned over a small girl in a stroller and she began to cry. Orange infused water parched hot lips. The speeches continued and the homes future still remains uncertain.