Preservation-Historic



FIRST HISTORIC STRUCTURE PROJECTS:

STATE OF FLORIDA: O’LENO STATE PARK and DUDLEY FARM

My year at O’Leno State Park in High Springs and Dudley Farm in Newberry, FL in 2007 brought ample work on the historic structures. But more than that, history was made at O’Leno the year I was there on more than one account. Then most notable for me was the discovery of O’Leno’s old mill from the 1890’s that was kept in a barn on private property in Traxler for many years. And it was carefully brought to O’Leno State Park. And the Park Manager tasked me with this special project of restoring it. Florida’s Div. of Historical Resources chief conservator James Levy guided and advised us on this project with his expert knowledge.

Paul restoring O'Leno Mill year 2007 High Springs, FL
Paul restoring O’Leno Mill year 2007 High Springs, FL

Besides the O’Leno Mill key project, I pressure-washed the CCC historic structures in O’Leno State Park and assisted in re-leveling an historic structure on Dudley Farm. That year was great first experiences in historic preservation and restoration. Unforgettable.

Since 2007 and again since 2017, painting Single Family Homes (re-paints), have been the bread and butter of my work. And work on historic structures has been the icing on the cake. I have painted and maintained a few historic homes post-2007 (see Painting Portfolio for more).

Leesburg House After Wash Dec 2015
Leesburg House After Pressure Washed 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 1906 home east of Gainesville near Lake Newnan (see Painting Portfolio)