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Art Building, Markland Cottage win historic preservation awards

Sep 3, 2008
by Staff

Flagler College recently earned two honors for its historic preservation efforts on Markland Cottage and the Molly Wiley Art Building.

This year, the Florida Trust Annual Statewide Preservation Awards recognized the Art Building for adaptive use and Markland Cottage for restoration/rehabilitation. The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s statewide award program recognizes significant contributions to the preservation of Florida’s historic resources.

Built in 1900, Markland Cottage has been restored with quarters awn sycamore woodwork, a Majolica-tiled fireplace and elaborate crown molding. The structure is now home to the Florida Public Archaeology Network’s Northeast Regional Center, which is part of a statewide effort to renew community interest in archaeology.

The center has worked closely with Flagler students since joining the campus in 2006. The new Flagler archaeology club includes a variety of majors, including education and graphic design, who volunteer and complete internships. They get hands-on experience with projects that range from diving into shipwrecks to creating educational podcasts.

“It’s more than interning and gathering information,” said Sarah Miller, director of the archaeology center. “They’re actually building their portfolios and resumes.”

The Art Building project converted a 120-year-old boiler room annex into a two-story studio, gallery and office complex. The rehabilitation showcases the original details of the Henry Flagler-era structure, which was once used as studios for such renowned artists as Martin Johnson Heade.

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