Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens consists of a 250-acre garden and bird sanctuary, 205-foot (62 m) tall Singing Tower with its carillon bells, Pine Ridge Trail, Pinewood Estate, and a visitor center. The tower is built upon Iron Mountain, one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet (90 m) above sea level. It is a National Historic Landmark that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1929 by Edward W. Bok and designed by architect Milton Medary and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., as well as, the many notable artists who assisted in making this neo-Gothic design with its Art Deco decorations in the iron work, sculpture and glazed ceramic mosaics.
R.J. Heisenbottle Architects (RJHA) team was selected to prepare a Building Assessment and Recommendations Report for the restoration/rehabilitation of the historic Bok Tower. The scope of restoration/rehabilitation work included: Completing the restoration of the Enfield Pottery decorative tile grills on the upper third of the tower; Inspecting and cleaning of stone and repair of broken stone, replacement of cracked marble; Re-sealing of existing brick and stone to resist water penetration,; Replacement of the hour strike on the 12 ton Bourdon bell; replace leaking windows and water proofing at the Anton Brees Carillon Library; Refinish and seal the art sundial; Replace and modernize the exterior building lighting on the tower; Refurbish the Anton Brees library.