By McKenna Beery / Correspondent
Posted Mar 21, 2019 at 6:33 PM
Marty Hylton doesn’t think a growing city means replacing all historic buildings, rather celebrating them and reusing them to meet new needs.
There were 57 residential neighborhoods built in Gainesville between 1945 and 1975, and years later, Gainesville’s meteoric rise still defines the local community, and the buildings of the time are still celebrated and studied today.
Hylton, president of Gainesville Modern and an assistant professor at UF’s College of Design, Construction and Planning, said the city’s rapid changes were reflected in changes in popular architecture, as mid-century modern design began to emerge across the country.
Gainesville Modern is hosting its sixth annual Gainesville Modern Weekend through Saturday to celebrate the city’s mid-century modern architecture and design.
Highlighted by the Mid-Century Modern Home Tour of seven houses that highlight the postwar era architectural innovation in Gainesville, there was a preview Thursday of the Gainesville Modern Landmarks exhibition hosted by the Matheson History Museum.
“I think people in Gainesville are beginning to really realize the majority of our city was built between 1945 to 1975, over 70 percent,” Hylton said. “Every city has a moment in time that defines its architectural character, and for Gainesville that’s the mid-century period.”
The weekend will also include events that benefit Alachua Habitat for Humanity, the University of Florida’s Historic Preservation Program and Gainesville Modern.
Gainesville Modern is a nonprofit organization created to preserve Gainesville’s modern architectural past and promote its future through education, advocacy and awareness, Hylton said.
If you go
Mid-century Modern Home Tour
Tickets $20, students $10, cash at the door of any of the homes on tour.
Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
7 NW 23rd Street
1633 NW 14th Avenue
1941 NW 23rd Terrace
3605 NW 12th Street
4114 NW 15th Street
1502 NW 36th Way
724 NW 40th Terrace
“The whole point of the weekend is to raise awareness and generate resources to help preserve and protect the city’s mid-century architecture and architectural character,” Hylton said.
Gainesville Modern did not host a weekend last year due to a number of houses that had sustained hurricane damage, Hylton said.
“We took a step back and regrouped, and this year we’re back and better than ever,” he said.
Those interested can visit gainesvillemodern.org or Facebook/Gainesville Modern to buy tickets and view the map to the homes.