Winter Park in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Albin Polasek Home and Studio
This property was the retirement home of internationally-renowned artist Albin Polasek from 1950 until his death in 1965. He is heralded as one of 20th century America’s foremost sculptors. Born in 1879 in Frenstat, Moravia (now Czech Republic), Polasek immigrated to the United States in 1901, at age 22. He became an American citizen while studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and later served as Head of the Sculpture Department at the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 30 years. This lakefront home was designed by Polasek and built in phases between 1949 and 1961. It includes a residence, studio, chapel and a 3.5-acre sculpture garden containing more than 30 of Polasek’s works. He completed 18 major works of art here despite suffering a paralyzing stroke shortly after moving to Winter Park. In 1961, Polasek and his wife, Emily Muska Kubat Polasek, established a foundation, now the Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, to share his life’s work with the public. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Polasek was named a Great Floridian 2000 and inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of
Erected 2018 by The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1075.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 28° 35.747′ N, 81° 20.583′ W. Marker is in Winter Park, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is at the intersection of Osceola Avenue (Florida Route 426) and Osceola Court, on the right when traveling west on Osceola Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 633 Osceola Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ward House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dinky Station (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rollins College Fiftieth Anniversary (approx. ¼ mile away); James Rollins (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Fiftieth Anniversary (approx. 0.4 miles away); Knowles Memorial Chapel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hamilton Holt (approx. 0.4 miles away); September 11, 2001 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winter Park.
Also see . . . Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens. (Submitted on September 17, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.