Capen-Showalter House AFLOAT: The House is on the Move

The Capen-Showalter House will soon be on Lake Osceola floating on a barge. The house will be moved across the lake in a one-of-a-kind effort to its new location at the Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens. The house will be cut into two pieces for the move so two opportunities are available to see the house on the water

(More soon- check back for photos and details!)

Preservation Capen is a project to move Winter Park’s historic Capen-Showalter House from its site on Interlachen Avenue to the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens on Osceola Avenue. The Preservation Capen team is led by Debbie Komanski, Executive Director of the Polasek Museum, and architectural historian Christine Madrid French, Project Director along with old house experts Frank Roark (Construction Manager) and Steve Feller (Consulting Architect). About Preservation Capen: The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is a 501(c)3 public charity. About the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens:

  • Age of the Capen-Showalter House: Built 1885,128 years old
  • Size of the house today: 4000 square feet
  • Approximate weight of each half of the house that is being moved across the lake: 100 tons
  • Distance by water from original site to new site at Polasek Museum: 1000 meters
  • Amount needed to move and re-open the house to the public under first two phases of fundraising: $650,000
  • Amount raised between August 1st and Thanksgiving to save house: $521,000