Casa Feliz Historic House Museum

Casa Feliz Historic House Museum built in the style of a 100-year old Spanish farmhouse. Casa Feliz means “Happy House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places at 656 N. Park Avenue in Winter Park. Original roof tiles built by hand in Spain and recycled bricks bought from the Armory in downtown Orlando built in the mid-1880s.

Robert Bruce Barbour a manufacturer from Massachusetts who spent winters in Winter Park hired James Gamble Rogers, II a Winter Park Architect to design Casa Feliz. My museum guide gave me a detailed history of the rooms. The library, formerly the maid’s quarters. Photographs throughout the room of James Barber’s projects and family photographs. A carriage house and in the dining room an English Antique table 7 feet long made of walnut or mahogany. The kitchen and butler’s pantry remodeled to look like it did when the Barbour family lived in the house.

Every weekend the house rents space for weddings. Walk up the spiral staircase to the upstairs bedrooms. Mrs. Barbour’s bedroom is now the groom’s room. The bathroom design is Art Moderne popular in the 1930s and 1940s the original design when Mrs. Barbour lived in the house and still exists today. The room is dedicated to the Harper family who were involved in the Casa Feliz Foundation that was instrumental in moving the home from Lake Osceola to its present location.

The bride’s room formerly Mr. Barbour’s room. Used by brides to get ready for their wedding. The bathroom is not part of the original design. I opened the French doors and looked down into the courtyard that bridal parties use to take many photographs.

I recommend touring the house, a look inside the architectural design of a Spanish farmhouse. Hours of operation and venue contact information located on the website. After the tour, stay for Music at the Casa.

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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey

Overlooking Lake Sybelia Audubon Center for Birds of Prey located at 1101 Audubon Way in Maitland. While walking along the pathway, stop and see the many magnificent species of different birds of prey and read the signs about the different birds and their migratory patterns. Afterwards, relax under a gazebo, listen to the sounds of nature, and appreciate the stillness of the surroundings.

 

 

 

 

A chance to see a Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon up close. Garden birds act as ambassadors in schools and civic organizations. Step inside the house and watch a 12-minute film about the rehabilitation center. From baby owls in incubators to young birds that require assistance in feeding. An American Kestrel one of the smallest falcons and an Eastern Screech Owl inhabit the porch. In the wild, the screech owls sing to each other to keep in touch with other family members.

I recommend the center, its quite an educational experience on rehabbing birds of prey. Hours and admission fees on the website.