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Capen House opens for tours after being relocated

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Capen House has truly stood the test of time and now it's officially laying out the welcome mat and opening its doors for tours starting Wednesday.

From being split in half, to floating across Lake Osceola back in 2013, the Capen House now sits on the grounds of the Albin Polasek Museum

"We employed over 100 people including contractors to plumbers to historians and engineers to make this whole project work," said Christine Madrid French, the architectural historian who headed up the preservation of the Capen House.

Over $1 million was raised though donations and grants to bring the 130-year-old home back to life.

"The house represents what it really means to be in Winter Park and particularly all of the teamwork it takes to pull off a project this big" said French.

This big project also included refurbishing original pieces in the home, like the heart-pine floors and grand staircase, which will be seen during the tour.

"When people come on the tour of the Capen House, you can expect to see quite a few surprises. We've even left one part of the wall exposed so that you can see inside," French said.

The home hopes to connect the past with the future by hosting community and private events, including weddings and even yoga.

Tours of the historic home run on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Admission into the home is included with your ticket into the museum.


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