THE PALMS240 TRISMEN TERRACE When Edward H. Brewer bought this 40-acre tract from Rollins College in 1897, he built a large but simple clapboard-covered winter cottage. In 1924, the Brewers remodeled the home, which they named The Palms, to match their Georgian revival-style estate in Courtland, New York. The Palms was bought in 1937 by Fredrick Detmar Trisman, who sold 35 of the 40 acres and hired James Gamble Rogers II to redesign the interior. The home, regarded as one of the most beautiful in Winter Park, gained some notoriety in the early 1980s when it was seized by the view of the grand facade, with its massive portico and paired columns, can be seen only from the water. LIVING IN WINTER PARK 91 TEMPLE HOUSE 1700 ALABAMA DRIVE This Victorian-style home, which boasts a view of Lake Maitland across from Kraft Azalea Gardens, was built in 1878. Early owners included such familiar founding families as the Packwoods, the Palmers and, in 1904, the Temples. Industrialist William Chase Temple, for whom the Temple orange was named, was also founder of the Florida Citrus Exchange and owner of Major League Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates. The Temples extensively remodeled the home, adding a private gas plant, a sewage system and, in 1912, a telephone. They sold the property, which they named Alabama Lodge, in 1915. By 1921, the home and the adjacent Temple Refractory, a detached summer kitchen and dining room, was being used by the staff of the Alabama Hotel, a luxury winter retreat built on the site. The Temple House has been a private residence since 1976 and the Alabama Hotel now encompasses condominiums.
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