This one-story, three bedroom and two bathroom Colonial home constructed by Joseph Woodnick in 1926 is a historical landmark in the Orlando area and recognized for the detailed construction as seen on the 9 windows, roof pitch, door placement, porch and pergolas. Perhaps the home is best known for being used as the home to the Buckman’s in Ron Howard’s film “Parenthood.” This home is listed as privately held by the Taylor family and is not open for public display.
Present owner, Bess Taylor, filed paperwork to have this 1926 Colonial home approved as a historic landmark in Orlando as a means to preserve the home and its role in the development in the area. The Historic Preservation Board approved the home to be listed as one that made considerable contributions regarding “broad pattern our history and Criterion because it embodies the distinctive characteristics of a type and period, it represents the work of a master and it possesses high artistic values” (Municipal Planning Board - Agenda Item 5 1327 Eastin Avenue. Edocs City of Orlando. N.p., 15 June 2004. Web. 30 Oct. 2016.) on October 1, 2003. This one story three bedroom, two bathroom home with a two car detached garage features Colonial bungalow style craftsmanship that was very popular in the 1920’s. The home is also known for its attention to detail as seen in the 9 double hung windows that are wood case style, the sidelights, the downspouts, the pergolas and the carved rafter tails/brackets. In the 1950’s, some slight changes were made to the home and further improved in 1989 with the additional casement of the added windows.
An owner of a local lumber company who was a highly regarded contractor built the home. He paid close attention to creating outstanding ornamentation in such a small bungalow. James and Fannie Fitzgerald purchased the property in 1926 and they hired Joseph Woodnick to build them this $4500 home. Woodnick was well known in Orlando for the fine craftsmanship of the homes he built from 1921 through the 1940’s. The home was featured in Ron Howard’s 1989 film “Parenthood”.