1912 Cortez Schoolhouse

Preservation of 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse


This project for the Historic Village of Cortez in Manatee County, Florida features the preservation of the 1912 Cortez Schoolhouse.

The preservation initiative includes adapting the building for reuse as a community center.


Exterior and interior restoration of historic building to be used as a Community Center.


  • The classroom spaces are preserved for use as a display area for exhibits relating to the life of the historic fishing village.
  • The Auditorium and grounds are used as a community space for weddings, banquets, concerts, festivals and meetings.
  • The courtyard gardens reflect the renovations of the artist who bought the property in the 1970s. The garden, fountain and sculptures were preserved for their artistic quality and as a testament to the work of Robert Sailor, an internationally renowned artist.


Manatee County


3,507 s.f.




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