Historic Preservation Architect and Redevelopment Consultant
Stephanie Ferrell’s practice focuses on historic rehabilitation, historic preservation tax credit consulting and the adaptive use of historic properties. Her clients have included non-profit organizations, such as the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, state and local governments as well as private clients — with types of work undertaken ranging from redevelopment feasibility analysis to architectural design and construction documents, to grant writing and administration and adaptive use studies to development of historic properties. Her firm’s practice also includes design review, historic resource surveys, National Register proposals, preservation ordinance review and consultation to developers and to other architects. She has authored numerous successful grant applications and articles, and has worked on many grant-funded preservation projects.
Her career in historic preservation architecture and redevelopment spans over 30 years. Ferrell was the director of the Historic Tampa/ Hillsborough County Preservation Board, Florida Department of State from 1980 to 1997, prior to establishing her architectural and preservation practice. Former President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, Ms. Ferrell has also taught historic preservation as an adjunct professor for the School of Architecture and Community Design at the University of South Florida.
Core Skills and Experience
Architectural Design for the rehabilitation of historic buildings
Historic Preservation Tax Credit Consulting
Experience with the redevelopment community, including development partnerships
Grant and finance sourcing expertise including New Markets Credits
Partnering in the redevelopment/preservation of historic structures
Grant writing for and administration of grant-funded historic rehabilitation, planning and survey projects
Historic Preservation Design Review consulting — to assure appropriate design in historic districts
National Register of Historic Places — preparation of nomination proposals for individual buildings and districts
Consulting regarding historic preservation aspects of federal environmental review
BARCH — 5-year professional degree – University of Florida, 1972
Florida Licensed Architect: 1976: License # 0007252
Elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, 1995
Certified by the State of Florida as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and a
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), 2009 through present
Key Project Experience
The Arlington, Tampa, FL — Adaptive Use of this 1910 hotel building for residential, office and retail uses: Development Partner and Architect of Record, historic tax credit consultant for the preservation and redevelopment of this 30,000 square foot historic building, located in the North Franklin Historic District in downtown Tampa, which nomination her office researched and prepared.
Hotel Victor, Miami Beach, FL, Miami Beach Architectural District – Rehabilitation of the existing Victor Hotel and compatible design of an addition to the historic hotel — Historic Preservation Consulting Architect to assure compatible design and historic district design review as needed tax credit and other financial incentive approvals.
Prepared strategy for the redevelopment of the North Franklin Street area of downtown Tampa. As part of that strategy, surveyed, researched, mapped and prepared the successful nomination proposal resulting in listing the North Franklin Street Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. Working with area stakeholders and business owners, successfully nominated several of these structures in the district for city historic landmark status as part of the comprehensive strategy to preserve this neighborhood.
Heritage Village, Pinellas Park, FL – Restoration of relocated rescued historic houses and retail buildings dating from the 1850s through the 1940s – Prepared of preservation plans for and historical/architectural descriptions of character-defining features of the twenty-eight relocated historic structures.
Horace T. Robles House, Tampa, FL – Adaptive use of this 120-year old former landmark residence for the management and leasing offices of Grande Oaks Apartments — Architect of Record, historic tax credit consultant, historic preservation design review assistance and construction observation during the restoration/renovation. Additionally Ferrell designed the new clubhouse on site, designed to be compatible with the landmark Robles House.
Bing Room House – Conversion of the Bing Rooming House to a Museum of African American Culture and History – Architect of Record and successful Grant Writer.
V. M. Ybor School — Adaptive use of this historic former public school building located in the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District as administrative and library functions for Academy Prep, a new school private school founded to educate disadvantaged youth — Grant writing, architectural design review assistance and historic preservation consulting.
Tampa Interstate Study’s Cultural Resources Committee with representatives of Florida Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Department, the State Historic Preservation Office, local government and the private sector who supervised the relocation and preservation of 34 historic houses located in the Ybor City National Historic Landmark District.
American Institute of Architects President’s, AIA Tampa Bay for outstanding service to the AIA in the area of historic preservation. 2009
American Institute of Architects Medal of Honor, AIA Tampa Bay for outstanding professional service to the community in the area of historic preservation. 2008
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s Community Design Award; The Jan Abell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community for rehabilitation/restoration of the Berriman-Morgan Cigar Factory. 2008.
Tampa Preservation, Inc. Award for the rehabilitation of the Arlington Hotel as the Arlington, residential, office and retail condominiums, North Franklin Street Historic District, Tampa, Florida; Architect and Development Partner. 2008Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s Community Design Award; Outstanding Contribution to the Community for the North Franklin Street Historic District. 2007.
Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s Award of Recognition for the Rehabilitation of 1110 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida historic commercial office building in the North Franklin Historic District as historic preservation consultant and design architect. 2004.
Tampa Preservation, Inc. Award as Consulting Architect for the historic rehabilitation of 1110 N. Florida Ave., North Franklin Street Historic District, 2003
Elected to the College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, 1995.
The D. B. McKay Award for contributions to Florida History, 1995.
Awards of Excellence for projects in the areas of urban design and historic preservation from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, 1995.
Award of Recognition in Urban Planning/ Master Planning for development of the Tampa Heights Linear Park Plan from the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, 1994.
Hilliard T. Smith Silver Medal for Community Service, awarded by the Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 1991.
Outstanding Contribution in Historic Preservation Award, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. 1987.
Public Communications Award for writings about architecture, Florida Association of the American Institute of Architects. 1984.