The Estate On the Halifax
Where Elegance is Defined
Welcome to The Estate on the Halifax, a 10 acre private estate with A Variety of Venues for a Variety of Life’s Events! We host weddings, corporate events, family reunions, anniversaries, birthday & retirement parties, quinceanera, bar/bat mitzvahs and a host of other elegant events. We have a variety of venues to choose from, or if you prefer, you may reserve Exclusive Use. Exclusive Use includes The Tavern, The Chapel, The Gardens & Koi Ponds, The Estate House, Snow White’s Cottage, Agatha’s Guest House and The Club Car.
There is always a lot happening and that’s why we always request that you contact us if you would like to visit. We will be happy to set up a time for you to tour the entire estate and to learn a bit about our history. To maintain our client’s privacy no one is allowed on The Estate on the Halifax without an appointment.
For your continued enjoyment of The Estate on the Halifax we have also added The Estate House, a separate venue but extremely impressive when desiring a vacation home or possibly a destination wedding site. Check it out at www.vrbo.com and enter 379422 for more details and pictures.
THE CHAPEL IN THE GARDEN
Originally constructed as a community center in Port Orange, this historic building was built in 1897 at the northeast corner of US1 and Church Street. In 1913, the building was moved and for the next 84 years served as the Parish Hall for Grace Church and again moved, when it was given to Douglas J. Clark.
It took 18 months to completely renovate The Chapel. The century-old heart pine boards were removed, planed down, varnished and reapplied to the walls. The stained glass windows are new. The barrel ceiling above the pulpit was designed and built by Chuck Gittner. Chuck and his brother, Craig, designed and built the bell tower which houses the impressive bronze bell that was cast in Baltimore,
Maryland in 1893 and weighs 1,050 pounds. The toll of the bell can be heard
throughout the neighborhood and signifies a rebirth for a significant building with
a proud local heritage.
In 1999, Tina Gittner began to have weddings in The Chapel and with her expertise
in those early years, the Chapel has grown to become a very successful wedding
venue, one of the most popular in the Halifax area.
THE TAVERN IN THE GARDEN
The Tavern was originally built as a residence in the 1920s and for many years housed the “Pink House” antique store before it was purchased by the Clark family in the 1980s. The building became part of the Clark estate when it was moved 100 feet to the east in 1996. Douglas Clark, with the help of Chuck Gittner, built the large southerly addition. Much of the extensive wood work was done by James
“Bo” Alvis. Atlas Welding built the extensive wrought iron stairs and railings. The Tavern was opened in 2002 and serves as a reception venue for The Estate on the Halifax.
SNOW WHITE’S COTTAGE in the GARDEN
This beautiful little cottage was hand built in the 1930s by an engineer who ownedthe property. On one of his travels around the world he married a Japanese girl. When they arrived home he designed and built the beautiful koi ponds, gardens,and cottage. During the 1950s the cottage was boarded up and left untouched, and the ponds filled and used as garden planting areas. In 1994 the Clarks purchased the property and with the help of Chuck Gittner, the ponds and streams were reconstructed and the Pump House and water wheel were built.
THE SUNSHINE EXPRESS CLUB CAR
The Tavern-Lounge Car (serial number 3002) was built by the ACF Company in 1946 for the Louisville &Nashville (L&N) Railroad. It is one of the four Tavern-Lounge cars
built for the Hummingbird and the Georgian train lines. These lightweight coaches trimmed weight by at least one-third from their heavyweight predecessors by using stainless steel and aluminum construction. The new streamlined aluminum cars had bright silver corrugations on the bottom with a blue window band and grey roof. They were a picture of post war inventions with electric heat and central air conditioning.
Originally named Belle Meade, this car’s interior was updated and it was renamed University Club in 1952. At 85 feet long and an empty weight of 115,400 pounds, it featured a tavern section with booths and tables and a lounge section with informal armchair seating. It had a capacity of 51 people. It ended its service in 1971 and was on display near Des Moines, Iowa until it was purchased by Douglas J. Clark in 2001. It was trucked to its current location by Venezia Enterprises, Inc.of New Jersey and was restored by Douglas J. Clark from 2001-2004.
Agatha’s now serves as the guesthouse for the estate. Cornelius Christiancy built the original house in 1914. Initially the house was one of a number of such structures that were built as vacation homes for visitingnortherners. Douglas J. Clark renovated the house and added a large westward addition in 1998. The lumber and beams used in the addition are century-old, recycled heart pine. The original part of the house has not been changed.
THE ESTATE HOUSE
In 1873, William and Thomas Allan purchased the land and built the seawall fronting the property. In 1905, the property was sold to Cornelius Christiancy who built the pioneer home in 1914 next to a landmark Indian Mound of coquina rock quarried from a nearby site. The Clarks purchased the home in 1969 and through careful restoration, they preserved the original character and beauty of the home.
The structure remains a classic example of early Florida architecture.