Spanish colony returns at 2020 Tallahassee House Parade

Last month, the Tallahassee Builders Association House Parade celebrated its 70th anniversary by allowing Tallahassee residents to take digital tours of the city’s most innovative and interesting new homes.

Now, with the city exiting the coronavirus pandemic, it is once again possible for Parade supporters to visit the city’s best homes in person – and see first-hand the architecture that sets the agenda that drives development trends in North Florida and beyond.

The Parade of Houses recognizes the architectural flair and dedicated craftsmanship of Tallahassee’s top builders and contractors, often serving to initiate design trends that reverberate through the Southeastern United States.

Interior of a Spanish Colonial-style house at 1747 Brush Hill Road, part of the Tallahassee Builders Association Home Tour.  Tours continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

One property from this year’s parade – the 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival style home built by T Square Construction’s Tom Teserek and owner Fincher Smith – has already garnered considerable attention among architectural connoisseurs.

“The Smith House captures the Spanish colonial style in a very authentic way, with extraordinary attention to historical detail,” said Craig Huffman, associate professor of architecture at Florida A&M University, an expert in historic design in the North. Florida. “Spanish architecture is part of our common heritage as Floridians, and this design pays homage to our past while advancing residential architecture in the region. ”

The swimming pool at 1747 Brush Hill Road, a Spanish colonial-style house, in Evening Rose.

The 1,500-square-foot home, designed in partnership with Gena Smith of Gemini Design & Drafting, recalls the historic Spanish homes of Los Robles, and also nods to Woman’s Club, the magnificent 1927 Mediterranean Revival edifice that remains the crown jewel of the city center.

The 1,500 square foot home's kitchen, designed in partnership with Gena Smith of Gemini Design & Drafting, is reminiscent of historic Spanish homes in Los Robles.

Located at 1747 Brush Hill Road in the new urban community Evening Rose, Smith’s two-bed, two-bath home features modern amenities such as a steam shower and a courtyard with a lap pool , carefully juxtaposed with classic elements of the Spanish Revival style. Aficionados will appreciate the building’s real Spanish clay tiled roof, authentic stucco exterior walls, sweeping archways, and beamed ceilings using timber from trees that once stood on the grounds.

A third-generation Tallahasseean, Smith is a longtime restaurateur and co-founder of Frog Realty. Teserek, an award-winning builder with over 30 years of experience, has worked with Smith to create some of the city’s most iconic residential homes. The duo won the 2005 Parade of Homes with Genevieve Place, the first historic 1930s-style bungalow recreation project, sparking the construction of thousands of vintage-inspired bungalows across the region.

The 1930s Spanish Colonial Revival style house built by Tom Teserek of T Square Construction, left, and owner Fincher Smith.

“The Parade of Houses is the highlight of the year for home builders in Tallahassee, and it is the unparalleled best place to see the creativity, craftsmanship and blue thinking that will shape the architecture of our region. in the years to come, ”Smith said. “Neo-Spanish design has always had a special place in my heart, and I’m proud to bring this beautiful and authentic style of building back to the Tallahassee area.

The Parade of Houses will be held this weekend at selected homes in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden and Jefferson counties. The properties will be open to visitors on Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 14 from noon to 5 p.m. Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control will be posted in each home to ensure visitation safety for all.

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What: Guided tour of the houses of the Tallahassee Builders Association

When: 10 am-5pm Saturday and 12 pm-5pm Sunday

Edward K. Thompson