|Thank you for inquiring about the Windermere Town Hall as your event venue. The Town Hall is available for rental on a first-come, first-served basis with Town-sponsored events taking precedence. To reserve your date, a deposit of $250 (money order or check made payable to The Town of Windermere; we do not accept cash) and a completed RENTAL AGREEMENT are required. All deposits are processed as/are a separate charge from the rental fee. A reimbursement check will be mailed to you after Public Works has completed your exit report.
The Windermere Town Hall is on the National Historic Registry. Please carefully review the rules and regulations contained within the RENTAL AGREEMENTto ensure that you do not forfeit part or all of your deposit, but that you receive a full refund of that deposit. Please use the form below to request rental information.
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|FEE||RESIDENT* RATE||NON-RESIDENT RATE|
*Resident is defined as dwelling within the incorporated limits of Windermere. As Windermere is approximately 2.2 square miles, not every “Windermere” address is actually incorporated; ex: Summerport, Casabella, Belmere, Keenes’s Pointe, and many others are not within Windermere, and therefore would pay the non-resident rates. Please contact Diane Edwards to determine whether your address falls within the incorporated boundaries of Windermere, or visit the Orange County Property Appraiser’s Website; incorporated addresses will show municipality as “Windermere,” while un-incorporated addresses will show “un-incorporated.”
**Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays are billed as full-days regardless of how long a renter will utilize Town Hall. We do not book more than one rental per weekend day. For a full day rental, access to Town Hall begins at 7:00am the day of the event. Early entry to set up is not permitted. All trash, personal decorations, food, rental furniture, etc. must be removed by 1:00am the following morning.
Capacity is as follows:
Town Hall main hall – 125
Town Hall stage – 12
Town Hall porch – 65
Included in the rental are tables, chairs, set up/take down of tables and chairs, as well as access to the kitchen. Please complete and turn in the Set Up Sheet into Diane Edwards 2 weeks prior to your event to ensure you have tables and chairs set up. Please email or drop off.
About Historic Town Hall
|.||The settlement of Windermere began in the mid-1800s when Englishman Stanley Scott built his home in the area, giving it and the surrounding orange groves the name of Windermere, in memory of the Lake Windermere region of England.
Other settlers followed, and a town site was platted in 1889, but the community was not formally incorporated until 1925. The Town Council had no permanent meeting place. Elected officials and citizens often met at the Windermere Women’s Club, which was destined to become the Town Hall.
The two-story wood frame clubhouse had been erected on the shore of nearby Lake Butler in 1922 and was moved to its present site in 1938 for use as a community center. It formally became the seat of local government in 1945.
Today, the square surrounding Town Hall is the focus of civic and recreational activity in Windermere. Facilities found there include the Chase Memorial Library, basketball courts, a municipal office building, and the Cal Palmer Memorial Building; a small wood frame building constructed in 1911 by one of Windermere’s most prominent early residents.
For a time, the building served as both the town hall and post office. Both the Town Hall and the Cal Palmer Building are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.