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One of the oldest homes in the city, the Dr. Josie Rogers house, is undergoing extensive renovations to transform it into a space to welcome, educate and offer respite to visitors of the $31 million Riverfront Esplanade in downtown Daytona Beach. Located on the north side of the 28-acre riverfront sanctuary, the two-story structure was badly damaged by last year’s storms. Renovations include new exterior siding, windows, doors, interior walls, ceilings, restrooms and a 900-square-foot porch; upgraded electrical and plumbing; refinished floors; an HVAC system replacement; as well as making the 144-year-old structure’s access ADA compliant.
Funding for the renovations was provided to the Brown Riverfront Esplanade Foundation from a $204,500 grant from the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District and the city provided $600,000. The Foundation is responsible for the continued maintenance and repair of the house.
Renovation work should be completed by the end of the year, and in addition to historic displays about Dr. Rogers’ life and career, the home is expected to feature a commercial element with food and beverage service to attract visitors.
About Dr. Josie Rogers
Dr. Josie Rogers was born in Daytona Beach in 1876, which is the same year the city was incorporated. In 1879, her father, David Rogers, built the wood-frame house, where she grew up and later, started her medical practice on the first floor. Dr. Rogers became the first woman mayor of Daytona Beach in 1922, only two years after passage of women’s right to vote. Dr. Rogers lived in the house until her death in 1975 at the age of 98.