27 entrancing views of Maitland Art Center, Orange County’s first National Historic Landmark

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We'd like to offer our congratulations to the Art & History Museums – Maitland. On Thursday, Jan. 8, the Maitland Art Center celebrated its designation as the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County and the 44th in the state of Florida, and they've shared these photos of the buildings and grounds for anyone who hasn't already visited — but truly, the place has to be seen to be fully experienced.

Founded in 1937 by visionary artist and architect Jules André Smith, the Maitland Art Center is built in the Mayan Revival style, ornate with copious sculptural reliefs drawing on Mesoamerican, Asian and African iconographies. Originally known as the Research Studio, it was part of a colony that provided a place for artists to live, experiment with new forms and escape the demands of daily life. Today, Smith’s legacy continues through annual residency and studio programs that welcome artists from across the nation.

In the U.S., just over 2,500 sites are considered National Historic Landmarks. In Central Florida, there are only two in Brevard County (the Windover Archeological Site and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station) and two in Polk County (Bok Tower Gardens and the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Florida Southern College Architectural District).

Located near Lake Sybelia at 231 W. Packwood Ave., one block west of South Orlando Avenue, the Maitland Art Center galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for children and seniors; gardens are open to the public.

For more information, visit artandhistory.org