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Title: Colony Gardens : a 1940's movie house becomes a three level shopping arcade
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Title: Colony Gardens : a 1940's movie house becomes a three level shopping arcade
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Language: English
Creator: Schuyler, Steven M.
Publisher: College of Architecture, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Copyright Date: 1977
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Table of Contents
    Title Page
        Title page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    List of slides
        Page 3
    Preservation questionaire
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Colony Gardens logo
        W. Sullivan Donahoo, architect
        Wallace Kirkpatrick, design consultant
        East India Trading Company
        Remodeled hotel
        Entrace (from second level)
        First level
        First level (view to Park Avenue)
        Rear entrance
        Second level (view to Park Avenue)
        Second level (view to rear)
        Second level (window into loft of East India Ice-
        Third level (view from loft to rear)
        Third level (view to Park Avenue)
        Third level (shaft to first level)
        Third level
        Handrail detail
        First level detail
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COLONY GARDENS, a 1940's movie house becomes a three level
shopping arcade














Steven M. Schuyler
December, 1977
A E 581 Fall 1977











COLONY GARDENS, a 1940's movie house becomes a
three level shopping arcade


LOCATION: Park Avenue South, Winter Park
Florida
ARCHITECT: W. Sullivan Donahoo
DESIGN CONSULTANT: Wallace Kirkpatrick
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Aagar-Jergensun
OWNER: Ed Braun
PROJECT COST: $400,000.00
NET LEASEABLE SPACE: 13,000 sq. ft.
COST PER SQUARE FOOT: $30.77


The Colony Theater was designed in 1940 by Roy Benjiman
of Jacksonville, Florida. The theater closed in the early
1970's and sat Vacant until construction on the Colony
Gardens began in May of 1977.
The site is in downtown Winter Park on Park Avenue
South, A busy shopping street. The area is noted for its
small exclusive shops, hidden courtyards, and European flavor.
Many of the buildings have gone through numerous remodeling
and faceliftings. Most were of a tack on type. This trend
is reversing as many stores are seeking the original charac-
ter of their buildings.
The project involved gutting the interior almost com-
pletely, leaving only the steel that supported the balcony.
An elevator shaft and steel frame were erected inside the
shell. All the steel was then painted bright orange.
The joist system is of 2 x 10 pine, carefully fitted
into the steel. The deck is diagonal tongue and groove
pine. All this is left exposed, as are the fire sprinklers
electrical conduits, and air ducts. The original HVAC
system was reworked and should be adequate (knock on wood).
Spacially the three levels are connected by two light











wells with skylights above, the main stairs, and an open
space behind the front facade. The three levels are sub-
divided by minor level changes involving ramps and steps.
The first level will house a bank and shops. The bank,
for security reasons had to have a concrete ceiling. There
is an entrance in the back from a landscaped 45 car parking
lot.
The second level will have shops and perhaps a rest-
aurant. Two windows from the building to lhgr en into the
space. One is into a loft dining area of the East India
Icecream Parlor. The other is from a room in the adjacent
hotel.
The third level will likely become office space.
The original six foot deep open web joists are left ex-
posed and painted to match the rest of the steel. The
bottom of the joists is at eight feet with a finish ceiling
at 14 feet. There is a small loft space at the front that
projects out into the three story space behind the facade.
Wall finishes are to be furnished by the tenant with
approval from the Architect. Wall surfaces supplied by the
owner are plaster or diagonal tongue and groove redwood.
The existing metal and neon marque and "Colony" sign
are being restored and retained.
The project is not complete at this time, though it
is scheduled to open on the 10th of December 1977 with just
the functions on the first level. Design was started in
January of 1977 with construction commencing in May.
Colony Gardens should prove to be a fine addition to
Winter Park, and a plus to renovation architecture.







SLIDES


1. Colony Gardens logo
2. W. Sullivan Donahoo, Architect
3. Wallace Kirkpatrick, Design Consultant
4. Exterior from Park Avenue
5. East India Trading Company
a remodeled bank into a clothing store
Park Avenue South, Winter Park, Florida
6. Hotel
a remodeled hotel (1976)
Park Avenue South, Winter Park, Floida
7. Entrace (from second level)
8. First level
9. First level (view to Park Avenue)
10. Rear entrance
11. Second level (view to Park Avenue)
12. Second level (view to rear)
13. Second level (window into loft of East India Ice-
cream Parlor)
14. Third level (view from loft to rear)
15. Third level (view to Park Avenue)
16. Third level (shaft to first level)
17. Third level
18. Handrail detail
19. First level detail




Slides were taken by the author with an Asahi Pentax
camera equipped with a 28 mm lens. Film is Kodak Ektachrome
ASA 200.






university of flori7a., college of architecture and fine arts

gainesville, florida 32611


DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE


PRESERVATION: QUESTICNAIRE


Page 1 of 6


I. BACKGROUND:

A. Architect n-me W. Sullivan Donahoo

Firm name W. Sullivan Donahoo. Architect

Address 255 East SwooDe Ave.. Winter Park. Fla. 52789

B. List your educational/archi 'ctural degrees) and schoolss.
University of Miami
Degree School (Architectural Engineering)
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
Degree _. School (A2prentice Architect)

C. List workshops/special trai- .ng in architectural preservation,

if any.

Workshno Sponsor

Workshop p Sponsor

Workshop .. Sponsor

Other

D* What led to your interest in .rchitect..ral prreervation? .

Being commissioned as the Architect for an adaptive

re-use of an old theatre building and restoration and

remodeling of an old hotel.

E. I- which areas) of the. country have you had experience in

architectur-l preservation?

Northeast Mid-West Pacific Coast

Mid-Atlantic Lake States

X Southeast Northwest

Gulf States Southwest


tel.nlo.: 904-~3927-02040


compus address: "C AFA co.p lex

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Face 2 of 6

BACKGROUND (con'to)


If you checked more than ore area, please state the area where

you have had the greatest amount of experience

Fo 'Are you or have you been on the faculty of any architectural

schools or preservation workshops? If yes, list below.

School Valencia community 'oll e. (Jept.'74 to :-'eb.'77)

School Date

Workshop Date

Workshop Date



II. OFFICE/OPERATIONS:

A. WVat is the size of your office?

X 1 to 5 6 to 10 over 10

B. Do you work exclusively in preservation, or do you accept

other architectural work? Check one.

Preservation only Some preservatior/mostly other

Mostly preservation/some other 50/50

Comments. .



C, If you are not working exclusively in architectural preservation,

please state if this is due to personal choice, financial or

market reasons Personal choice.





D. List any preservation oriented organizations to which you belong.

NTHP NA HRC Other

APT UNESOO.. Other

SAH ICOMC" Other




Pace 3 of 6
*OFFICE/OP7RATIONS (con't.)


E. In question D, if any of th'. organizations have been significantly

helpful to you as a practicirg professional, please circle them.

If none, please check here.

F. Do you employ any of the following as consultants?

X Other architects Landscape architects

Conservators Historians

Museum staff Skilled craftsmen

University faculty Other

C'G Are there any consultants in your area whose level of expertise

is so high, or whose specialty is so rare, that they would be

of interest on a regional/national level in preservation? If so,

please listo No

Name Specialty

Name Specialty

Name Specialty

H. What fee scheduling s-yt. you use for preservation

projects? 15% of Estimated Project Cost.





I. Do you now, or do you plan to, have an intern program? .J Yes o

Comment



J. Do you hire from a particular schools) and if so, what are the

major factors which influence you? No


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Face 4 of 6

OFFICE/OFPT ATION.S (cor't.)


K. Are other firms in your area working primarily in preservation?

None besidd myself 1 or 2 others Several others

Is there a need for more or f~wer specialists in architectural

preservation in your area? More Fewer No change

L. lo you offer any special services? Check all which apply

Construction Research

X Consultation -Survey/Documentation

Other



M. Would you be willing to serve as a consultant to the Preservation

Option here at the University of Florida, College of Architecture?

X Yes No Would like to discuss

*. Have you held office, (cr had responsibilities) in any local,

state or national programs related to preservation in architecture?

If so, please list. No

Organization Position

Organization Position

Organization Position

If additional space is needed, Check here __ and use reverse side.

Please circle any of the above positions you presently hold.

0. Within preservation, do you specialize in any of the following?

Restoration R .onstruction

X Adaptive use salvage

Stabilization Design vithir ..st~bh districts

Inventory/Documentation

Comments





* K. To the best of my knowledge there are no firms in the area,
including mine, working primarily in preservation.




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