ABOVE: Photo of the Kinsley Construction Company on Forsyth Road founded by Orlando resident Jerry Kinsley.
Operating under the names of Kinsley Builders, Kinsley Construction, and Kinsley Contractors, Mr. Jerry Kinsley built many commercial and residential buildings throughout Central Florida. He was the developer of Hibiscus, the first zero lot line housing in Orlando as well as many housing developments such as the housing at McCoy Base, Lake Ann, Winter Park Forest and several housing developments in Merritt Island.
Many of his commercial buildings are Florida landmarks such as the numerous fruit packing plants from Tampa to Orlando, the colonial style banks throughout Orlando, including the bank with the hammered gold dome at Colonial Drive and Bumby Avenue, attorney’s offices in Orlando and Cocoa, the eyepopping Wigwam Village Motel on Orange Blossom Trail, and the power plant on Lake Ivanhoe, known today as the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.
In the government sector, he is responsible for building the first building at Cape Canaveral, the underground block house, the hangars, and the launching pads. He built Building Ten at Lockheed Martin in Orlando, the buildings at Patrick Air Force Base, the atomic bomb plant in Oakridge, Tennessee and other undisclosed government buildings relating to national security.
View photos of construction of the Orlando Utilities Commission Lake Ivanhoe Power Plant built by Orlando builder Jerry Kinsley below under Attachments.
Photos show the building of the underground water storage tanks for the steam power plant and the smoke stacks in the background.
Photos courtesy of the Kinsley Archives.
VIEW History of the Orlando Utilities Commission including the Lake Highland Plant