Crestview's first history museum might open next spring at historic Lorenza Bush House

Tony Judnich
Northwest Florida Daily News

CRESTVIEW — Officials are drafting the scope of work required to renovate part of the historic downtown Lorenza Bush House into the city's first history museum.

“Our goal is to open the museum in the spring of next year,” Crestview City Manager Tim Bolduc said Wednesday.

The city has public meetings on the fiscal 2022 budget set for August and September. Bolduc said he will have details in a couple of weeks on who will operate the museum, and that a work schedule for the renovations will be finalized following the budget meetings.

The Crestview Historic Preservation Board unveiled a historical marker for the Lorenza Bush House at 198 Wilson St. in Crestview in this photo from Feb. 25, 2020. The city plans to open a museum in the building.

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Crestview officials have not finalized what kind of historical exhibits will be featured at the museum.

The two-story, 3,661-square-foot house stands at 198 Wilson St. It was built in 1925-26 for Bush, who at the time was the tracks supervisor for the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad.

Crestview and the seats of several other Panhandle counties grew up along the L&N line. Bush was elected to the Crestview City Council in 1935.

An office for Elder Services of Okaloosa County that currently uses a portion of the house will continue its operations there following the renovations.

The historic Lorenza Bush House is located at 198 Wilson St. in Crestview.

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Crestview officials have $250,000 in state funding and about $100,000 in city Community Redevelopment Agency money for the renovations, most of which will consist of interior work. In addition, City Clerk/CRA Director Elizabeth Roy has applied for a grant that could provide additional funding.

Bolduc said the city secured the $250,000 state allocation thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Patt Maney, R-Shalimar, and state Sen. George Gainer, R-Panama City.