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3 Brandon area sites may get landmark status

On the heels of the Galvin house controversy, the county's Historic Resources Review Board pledged last fall to step up preservation efforts. Two properties have been landmarked since 1999, bringing the number of properties in the county with the designation up to 20.

In keeping with its promise, members of the review board visited seven potential landmark sites in November, six in the Brandon area.

Tuesday, the group agreed to pursue landmark status for three of the Brandon area structures.

The decision came after a heated debate about how much weight to give owner consent when considering a property for landmarking.

Since the adoption of the historic preservation ordinance in 1992, the review board has had an unwritten policy of not recommending landmark designation for a site without the blessing of the property owner.

Tuesday's action indicated those days may be over.

In the coming weeks, three Brandon area property owners will receive letters informing them of the benefits of owning a landmarked property. Review board members hope to gain the support of the owners, although they say they may still recommend landmarking without it. The County Commission makes the final decision on landmark designation.

The review board will host a public hearing on the recommendations March 16, possibly in Brandon. That will be followed by a public hearing before the county Planning Commission. Both groups will make recommendations to the County Commission, which will make the final decision. The entire process should take fewer than six months.

_ JANET ZINK

Targets for preservation

The Historic Resources Review Board on Tuesday agreed to pursue landmark status for the following structures:

Limona General Store and Post Office

ADDRESS: 514 Limona Road

YEAR BUILT: 1924

STYLE: Frame Vernacular

With its clapboard exterior, corrugated metal roof, porch with square wood posts and brick chimney, this building remains essentially unaltered.

Private Residence

ADDRESS: 315 N Moon Ave.

YEAR BUILT: 1928

STYLE: Bungalow

This style home is typical of cities, but rare for rural areas. It still has all of its original defining features, including a Craftsman door with sidelights, exposed rafter tails and lattice under the roof and at the foundation.

Galvin-Carl House

ADDRESS: 4206 Durant Road

YEAR BUILT: 1890

STYLE: Frame Vernacular

This house is typical of the homes built in the United States during the early 20th century. It was built by Daniel Galvin, a pioneer in the area and important figure in the sawmill industry. This is the same Galvin who lived in the Galvin-Jaudon house.

The review board may pursue landmark status for the following structures in the future:

Jess Walden House

ADDRESS: 12501 Jess Walden Road

YEAR BUILT: 1901

STYLE: Frame Vernacular

Jess Walden was a strawberry farmer and Baptist preacher who with his wife raised eight children.

Thonotosassa Chamber of Commerce

ADDRESS: 11907 Fort King Road

YEAR BUILT: 1913

Style: Frame Vernacular

This is a typical frame vernacular structure with gable end vents and a patio with square wood columns. The building was part of Thonotosassa's beautification efforts.

Limona Improvement Association Building

ADDRESS: 610 Limona Road

YEAR BUILT: 1920

STYLE: Frame Vernacular

This building served as a clubhouse for the association, which was founded to advance the ideas of the City Beautiful Movement. Leaders of the nationwide movement believed a beautiful city would inspire its residents to moral and civic virtue. The building has been occupied for almost 50 years by the Lion's Club.

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