Historical renovations underway in The Port District
PORT ST. LUCIE – Construction has begun on renovations for the Historic Peacock Lodge, an important element of the City’s riverfront, which is now known as The Port District.
Located near Port St. Lucie’s Botanical Gardens at the southern end of The Port District, the 1952 Peacock Lodge and adjacent 1917 Peacock House bring quite a bit of history to the area. The City of Port St. Lucie awarded a contract to New World Builders of DeLand for the refurbishment of the Historic Peacock Lodge, and work began this week.
With assistance of a grant from the Florida Department of Historical Resources, the two historic structures were relocated to the property near the North Fork of the St. Lucie River from western Port St. Lucie in 2018. Once moved, each building received updates, including securing and modifying access to the structures, updating the foundations, installing new shingle roofs and a fresh coat of exterior paint.
New World Builders will work on more updates to bring the lodge back to its original luster. The Peacock Lodge will feature a museum and gift shop, run by the Port St. Lucie Historical Society, and provide for meeting space and office space. Future renovations to the 1917 Peacock House are planned in the City’s Capital Improvement Program as well.
“The restoration of the Peacock Lodge represents a different kind of redevelopment opportunity in The Port District,” said Jennifer Davis, Community Redevelopment Agency Project Manager. “We are excited to bring this historic building back to life, providing an ideal venue for the Port St. Lucie Historical Society to tell the story of Port St. Lucie’s unique history.”
The renovations to the lodge are expected to be complete by late Spring 2023.
For more information about the Historic Homes or other projects in The Port District, visit www.CityofPSL.com/ThePort.