Summary of Services

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates are gems in the Fort Myers community, allowing visitors year round to venture back in time and experience history first hand. Deeded to the City in 1947 by Mina Edison, the Estates were meticulously renovated and restored by Chris-Tel Construction during a ten year period, with over $12 million dollars secured for the restoration. Chris-Tel Construction provided Construction Manager at Risk services without interruption to day-to-day operations of visitors and staff.

The overall project included many individual buildings within the estate:

  • The Henry Ford home, The Mangoes, included a fire suppression system utilizing a dry fog, which chokes the flame alleviating any water damage to the structure.
  • Thomas Edison’s home, the Seminole Lodge, required a historical review, stabilization of the building, and the numbering of each piece of siding to be repaired or recreated so historical integrity could be maintained. Over the nine month restoration period, the structure was systematically stripped of lead based paint and hazardous materials following environmentally mandated requirements.
  • Restoration of Edison’s Botanic Laboratory included historic glass re-glazing, a reproduction Galvalume roof installation, and custom crafted recreation of the original light fixtures.

Chris-Tel Construction received the nationally recognized, Trustee’s Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites, for the restoration of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Hear What the Client Had to Say

I am pleased to recommend Chris-Tel Construction to perform construction management or general contracting needs, especially on historic renovation projects. They have demonstrated their ability to provide excellent service and meet a variety of challenges, without disruption to the site and its daily activities.

Wiley M. Parker, AIA
Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Inc.

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