Our 2022 Assembly is cancelled due to COVID
The Florida Chautauqua Association is awarded a $49,750 grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources (see contract) to be used for completing an architectural assessment of the Association's historic Lakeside Hospital Building located at 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, Florida 32435. This assessment will include measured as-built architectural drawings, treatment recommendations, cost estimates for proposed work. This assessment must conform to National Park Service Preservation Brief 43, and the cost of the project must not exceed $50,000. Contracts for service must be approved by the Florida Division of Historical Resources prior to execution.
Lakeside Building is an 11,000 square-foot, two-story brick building opened in 1939 as a one-story clinic and in 1949 as a two-story hospital. The building operated as a hospital until 1972. The second floor became a residence for the new owners while the first floor was rented out to private practice medical providers. The Florida Chautauqua Association purchased the building in 2013 to save it from resale and demolition. In mid-2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior placed the building on the National Register of Historic Places for its relevance and significant impact on medical care to women, infants, and African Americans during a period when African Americans were not normally seen by white medical providers. The structure is still in its original footprint, and most rooms, including the once-segregated wards and entrances to the building, are still intact. The elevator is believed to be the first operating elevator between Pensacola and Tallahassee. The Florida Chautauqua Association wishes to restore the building and make available as a museum, lodging for faculty of the annual, multi-day historic Florida Chautauqua Assembly, and as a community rental for various public functions.
Christopher Mitchell, President
Florida Chautauqua Association
1290 Circle Drive
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Conduct an existing condition survey (including exterior and interior architectural elements structural systems, mechanical and electrical systems, etc.) and detailing damages, structureal problems, and other important elements of the building;
First floor hallway
The proposer shall provide a description of the history and background of the architect and identification of similar, previous services. The architect(s) must have a historic background or knowledge. The following information should be included in the proposal:
2nd floor hallway with original tiles
First floor kitchen/lab