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A part of Orlando’s history will see updates and renovations in the years ahead. The Wells’ Built Museum in the Parramore District is said to undergo an expansion project to build new features and enhance the museum experience for guests.
According to reports by the Bungalower, the museum in conjunction with the City of Orlando and the Association to Preserve African American Society, History and Tradition, are seeking a $1 million grant to complete the project.
The Wells’ Built Museum stands as a relic of a segregated era of Orlando. Built by Dr. William Monroe Wells in 1926, the Wells’ Built Hotel was listed in the Green Book, a resource for African American travelers to find welcoming lodging in the Orlando area.
Musicians like Ray Charles, Count Basie, and professional baseball player Jackie Robinson are known to have stayed at the Wells’ Built. The museum now holds artifacts, artwork, and memorabilia honoring the history of African American residents and honored guests of Orlando.
The project looks to expand the footprint of the museum, creating additional space for new community resources like meeting rooms and a theater. Renovations of the current space will include the addition of a gift shop and cafe.
A representative from the Wells’ Built Museum confirms there are many changes ahead but Founder Geraldine Thompson was unavailable to confirm additional details. No word yet on if the pending renovations will affect museum hours of operation. The Wells’ Built Museum is open Monday through Friday and on select Weekends. Visit their Website for hours and information.