Florida Blanca: Before Restoration

In April of 2011, the owners of the historic building at the foot of Florida Blanca overlooking Pensacola Bay suffered a fire that essentially destroyed their landmark property. An electrical short caused a fire that quickly spread throughout the building and burned over an extended period of time in the high April winds as firefighters battled the blaze.

The building’s heavy timber foundation system was damaged nearly to the point of collapse. Brick piers and the load bearing walls were compromised across a large part of the building. Every finish was rendered useless as the building suffered what everyone assumed were irreparable damages. To emphasize the severity of the damages, one need only know that the insurance company determined the building to be a total loss after just a brief inspection.