Putnam Hotel-DeLand Sold

July 23, 2013 at 10:32 am | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County | Leave a comment

The Architect Wm. J. Carpenter AIA designed Hotel Putnam has been sold and is to be renovated. Read more at http://www.beacononlinenews.com/news/daily/6159. We will bring you more on the renovation as plans are developed. Jack


Masonic Temple-DeLand

August 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County, Paintings | Leave a comment



Masonic Temple-DeLand Wm. J. Carpenter, AIA 1926

  Wm. J. Carpenter designed this state-of-the-art 3-story lodge building for the DeLand, Florida Masonic Lodge members in 1926.  At the time it was recognized as the finest lodge facility in the State of Florida.  The upper two floors were devoted to Lodge business and offices and the ground floor to commercial ventures, including the Florida Motor Lines Bus Station, the Orange Belt Pharmacy, and others.  Even so, the Lodge fell on hard times during the depression and lost the facility to foreclosure. 

Mr. Leo Alsheimer, who was the contractor on this building, was also the contractor for several of the Volusia County schools designed by Wm. J. Carpenter during the days of the Florida Boom in the mid 1920s.

A white elephant for years, it’s historical  significance has been recognized and today it is being preserved as a historical landmark, while being operated as a commercial venture.  Click here to read more.


June 21, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Posted in DeLand & Volusia County, Paintings | Leave a comment


Watercolor painting by Wm. J. Carpenter, 1934

The Forgotten Man
Wm. J. Carpenter
Painted in DeLand, Florida, 1934.  7 X 10 1/4 inches.

It is likely that when the artist created this painting in 1934 he was expressing his personal feelings after a particularly depressing Christmas in 1933 and the ensuing months.  We know he pictured himself as one of the forgotten after he had lost everything he had during the big financial bust of the late 1920s and the difficult  years of the Great Depression.

 This is one of the few paintings by Mr. Carpenter in the collection in which such personal emotion is expressed.  The majority of them appear as illustrations of his architectural buildings, or Florida floras and scenics which are accurate depictions of the scenes, but mostly of the landscape type.

 The idea for the use of “The UnForgotten Man” as an umbrella title for my documentation of Mr. Carpenter’s life and works came to me after realizing the significance of this painting. The play on the title and theme of this painting seemed most apropos for the story of his life as I documented it.  Let us hope that he does indeed become

The UN Forgotten Man.

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