In the late 1800s, two brothers, John Arthur Rogers and James Gamble Rogers I, began building an architectural legacy that flourished through three generations of the Rogers family. In 1928, John’s son, James Gamble Rogers II, opened his firm in Winter Park. For more than two decades he shaped that community with elegant designs in the styles of Spanish Revival, Mediterranean Revival, French Provincial, and Colonial Revival. His notable works include the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, historic buildings on the Rollins College campus and 60+ residences in its surrounding neighborhoods.
In the late 1940s, Ralph P. Lovelock, Laurance W. Hitt, and Irwin W. Fritz joined the firm, and in 1967 the name was changed to reflect its partners, Rogers, Lovelock and Fritz. By then, the firm had further established its signature presence in Central Florida with educational campuses, churches, courthouses, apartment buildings, and retail stores.
After earning his degree, serving in the Navy, and gaining experience at other firms, Gamble’s younger son, John (Jack) Hopewell Rogers joined the firm as a partner in 1970. Gamble Rogers, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) retired in 1980, and after 41 years of service, Jack retired as Chairman and CEO in 2006. Like his father, Jack is also an AIA Fellow and champion of preservation, and he continues to share his experience and wisdom with the architectural community.
Now known as RLF, the firm continues to evolve as a distinguished practice providing tailored architectural, engineering, and interior design solutions for the federal, healthcare, educational, and cultural markets. Based in Baldwin Park, RLF’s influence has extended to four continents, 15 countries, and 32 states, advancing the Rogers’ inspiring legacy of innovative design and high performing places.