Founded in 1935 by celebrated architect, James Gamble Rogers II, RLF has grown from a proprietorship of one to a multi-disciplinary firm of over 130 providing distinctive design solutions for healthcare, educational and cultural projects.
The Rogers legacy dates as far back as the late 1800’s with John Arthur Rogers and his brother, James Gamble Rogers I, who were both successful architects with projects in Chicago, New York and Florida. John’s son, James Gamble Rogers II, would continue in his father’s footsteps creating many notable designs and establishing himself as a prominent influence on the design, scale and character of Central Florida and the Winter Park community. In 1928 Gamble opened a branch of his father’s architectural firm in Winter Park where over the next couple of decades he established his presence creating signature architecture throughout the Central Florida community. From the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, to multiple buildings on the historic Rollins College campus, and the more than sixty residential designs in Winter Park, Rogers’ mark of style and sophistication is still revered today.
In 1951, Rogers purchased land at the corner of Lincoln and Knowles Avenues from Dr. F.W. Nickel, a former client, and moved his architecture practice there. For nearly 30 years, Rogers operated his firm under the name of “James Gamble Rogers II,” although he had taken on several architects. After World War II he added architectural partners Ralph P. Lovelock and Laurance W. Hitt. During the 1950’s Irwin W. Fritz, P.E., James A. Grinnan, P.E., and Herbert L. Clark, a specifications writer, also joined the firm. In 1967 the name was changed to Rogers, Lovelock and Fritz. During this time the Rogers firm produced numerous designs for churches, courthouses, apartment buildings, retail stores and educational campuses.
Lincoln Avenue Office 1953 – Winter Park, FL