Thursday, October 20, 2011
The Historical Records of Winter Park as it Pertains to its Landscape
Since I have decided to pursue a research paper on the topic of the landscape in Winter Park, my first secondary source is a pamphlet from Rollin's library. It not only discusses the landscape of the area, but gives actual photographs of the city design and a home.
Winter Park hadn't been discovered until the late 1800s, so it wasn't what we see today. It merely consisted of woods and unpaved trails. After the city was founded, the changes in the landscape became apparent in the building of houses, as well as other buildings, so that the city looked park-like.
The city, as described in the pamphlet, was characterized by "[b]lue sk[ies], and warm sunshine, mighty oak trees with their fantastic grey bearded festoons of Spanish moss, majestic pines entwined by the brilliant flame vine, sparkling blue lakes and a fragrant breeze laden with the scent of orange blossoms." Of course this is a bit over the top, but the description does relate how residents and visitors view the city, which is why people were and always will be attracted to it.
So, when I use this resource I can discuss the view of the people and how that was important to consumerism. The gilded age had brought a large amount of consumerism and along with that came the need for entrepeneurs to keep in mind how consumers feel, what they like and what is convient. When the developers of Winter Park began planning the layout of the city, this is what they thought about; Winter Park was developed soley on the basis of consumption. The developers created a luxiourious environment in order to attract middle class people and their money. This is important to the history of the landscape of Winter Park, thus it will be used in my essay.