Gene Leedy, a founding father of the “Sarasota school” of architecture, chose to make Winter Haven his home in 1954 when commissioned that year to build the Sparrow House. It was his first work in the quiet Polk County town. Though the scope of his work is now globally recognized, Winter Haven boasts of more Gene Leedy buildings than any other location.
The Leedy Lifetime Works Tour celebrates the architect Gene Leedy, his architecture, and his influence on the Winter Haven community.
The tour begins in the heart of downtown Winter Haven and spreads into the neighboring residential areas. Although the tour was originally conceived as a walking tour within the core downtown, it was quickly recognized that the most comprehensive and advantageous way to see and appreciate the best of Leedy’s commercial and residential structures is via an automobile with an accompanying self-guided audio tour.