What is today known as the Maitland Art and History Center was built by early 20th century visionary and architect J. Andre Smith in 1937 as an artist colony. Dedicated to experimental art, creatives from around the world, including big names like Ralston Crawford, Milton Avery, and Consuelo Kanaga, spent time here.
The site is still a cultural hub in the Central Florida city of Maitland, a short drive north of Orlando. Buildings on the property house art and history museums and offers residency programs, art classes and professional development for established artists.
Perhaps the most beloved feature of the sprawling campus is a secluded garden and courtyard designed in the Mayan Revival architectural style. Known as Fantasy Architecture in the southeastern U.S., the walls of the courtyard are adorned with relief sculptures depicting Mesoamerican, Asian and African cultures.
Being one of the most exotic and surreal locations in the Orlando area, it’s a popular spot for outdoor weddings and other special celebrations.