Historic home receives upgrade nearly 100 years later

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A house built by the former mayor of Orlando in 1925, according to estimates, is now “revived to [its] former glory,” according to Phil Shaw of LP Design and Renovation, LLC.

The renovation at 226 Hillcrest St., built by former Orlando mayor James L. Guiles, was completed in March. Shaw said the home has a yellow brick structure with Prairie School architecture (made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright) and is one home from the 20th century with “rich character” here in Central Florida. The home received new interior paint, complete drywall repair and replacement, refinished hardwood floors and new bathrooms, according to the renovation company’s website.

Though Guiles built the home, the original owner of the house was Phillip H. Rosenberg, who was also the owner of the Astor Hotel on Orange Avenue, according to Orlando Memory’s website. Orlando Memory’s website states it is a “community-based, digital collection of local heritage and traditions.” Community members are able to share photos or documents to help create a complete picture of Central Florida’s history.

Rosenberg is described as one of two prominent Spanish-American War veterans and arrived in Orlando in the middle of the 1920s, according to a document on Orlando Memory. The other was Sol Samuels, who was manager of the Rialto Theatre on West Church Street.

Wieland & DeLattre law firm is currently operating out of the historic home.

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