Country Club of Orlando
This club has a rich history of being the oldest and largest in the State of Florida. Its charter dates back to 1911 and the original clubhouse opened in May 1912. Initial renovations were done in January 1956, again in May 2000, and now the current Phase I interior renovation incorporates 11,000 sf portion of the building including the living room, pre-function, ballroom and ladies’ card room.
In the living room, old dated carpet was replaced with timeless wood flooring. A seating area faces the existing cast stone fireplace, and another is mirrored on the other side of the room, anchored by area rugs. The two seating areas flank a large center table. Dark, heavy and outdated traditional furnishings were replaced with a modern traditional style and light color palette. The existing tall, arched windows were dressed in drapery to soften the space. Existing stained trim was washed with a deeper tone for a more modern look to contrast with the existing light walls and cast stone columns.
In pre-function and the adjacent 4,400 sf ballroom, heavy and dark stained trim was replaced with light, painted trim and finishes. An accent border of the wood floor from the living room was added to tie all the spaces together. Existing transom windows above the arches were removed between the pre-function and ballroom to open the spaces. Large scale custom designed carpeting was created along with custom scaled crystal chandeliers to fit the expansive space. Existing drywall columns throughout were enhanced with applied and painted trim color to create the effect of classically detailed millwork columns. Like the living room, the existing arched windows were enhanced with drapery panels which, in this room, conceal room darkening window shades for events and presentations. A warm tone of silk wallcovering was used covers the walls throughout for a classic elegant feel. The dark, underutilized bar at the end of the room was opened by removing a millwork transom, painted a fresh white to match the rest of the room, and a beautiful blue stone top was added, a color pulled from a portion of the carpet.
Across the hall, the ladies’ card room was freshened with white trim, grass-cloth wallcovering and custom blue floral carpeting to coordinate with the ballroom. Comfortable yet functional card room furniture was added along with decorative chandeliers and colorful artwork.