Warm Mineral Springs Park Buildings National Register of Historic Places Nomination Moves Forward
As part of the Warm Mineral Springs Park Master Plan process, City staff worked with Kimley-Horn & Associates and Lorrie Muldowney, President of Creative Preservation, LLC., to submit a nomination in November 2018 to add the park’s three existing buildings to the National Register of Historic Places on behalf of the City of North Port. The Springs itself was added to the National Register in 1977.
The Division of Historical Resources - Florida National Register Review Board held a hearing for this nomination yesterday, May 23. They voted unanimously to forward the nomination of the Warm Mineral Springs Park Buildings to the National Park Service for consideration for addition to the National Register under criterion A and C for entertainment/recreation and architecture, with a period of significance from 1959-1960 at the local level. As the next step in this process, the National Park Service will now review the nomination and the City expects to have the final response later this summer.
“This has been a true team effort,” said Tricia Wisner, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation. “We are grateful to everyone who has helped facilitate this nomination and are looking forward to what the future holds for Warm Mineral Springs Park.”
The National Register of Historic Places is an official listing of properties throughout the country that reflect the prehistoric occupation and historic development of our nation, states, and local communities. The Register is maintained by the National Park Service under the United States Secretary of the Interior. It is used primarily as a planning tool in making decisions concerning the development of our communities to ensure, as much as possible, the preservation of buildings, sites, structures, and objects that are significant aspects of our cultural and historic heritage.
The Warm Mineral Springs Park Building Complex was built to accommodate the celebration of Florida’s Quadricentennial, which lasted for three months and started in December 1959. The Warm Mineral Springs Park Spa Building and Cyclorama were designed in 1959 by architect Jack West, a leader of the Sarasota School of Architecture movement.
For more information about Warm Mineral Springs Park, visit www.CityofNorthPort.com/WarmMineralSpringsPark.