Smokey Hollow Commemoration

Cascades Park | Tallahassee, Florida

Located along Capital Cascades Trail in downtown Tallahassee, Smokey Hollow commemorates a longstanding African-American community lost to the urban construction of state government buildings in the 1960s. Referencing the shotgun houses that lined the neighborhood streets at the time, the commemoration incorporates three spirit houses which help to tell the story of the community.

City of Tallahassee/Leon County
$1.2 million
.72 acres
2014 (Phase I) | 2015 (Phase II)
Each spirit house contains a lit chimney (a central element of the shotgun homes), an information plinth, and a front porch. Other primary site features include a reflecting pool water feature, a fountain plaza, a tree grove, community garden boxes, and a pavilion. The collaborative design effort included input from the City of Tallahassee Planning Studio, Parks and Recreation, as well as former residents of Smokey Hollow.
Smokey Hollow is a four-time award-winning project. Awards received include: 2017 Historic Preservation Award from the Tallahassee Trust for Historic Preservation; 2015 Honor Award from AIA Tallahassee; 2014 People's Choice Award from AIA Florida ; and 2013 Unbuilt Merit Award from AIA Tallahassee.
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