About the Estate:
Dr. William Carl Shiver (October 9, 1942 – April 24, 2020) worked at the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources for over 41 years. During his career, Carl served as a Historic Preservationist responsible for helping to list historic properties and historic districts in Florida on the National Register of Historic Places.
Carl attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in painting, printmaking, and design. It was there that he met his lifelong partner Mary Avery Dinsmore Keatley, who preceded him in death. They shared a love of art
Carl continued to teach woodblock printmaking, drawing and art history after receiving his degree and as a self-employed artist. In 1972, Carl and Mary moved to Tallahassee so that Carl could attend Florida State University to pursue his Ph.D. in Art History under Gulnar Bosch .
Carl became a full-time employee at the Florida Historical Resources Division in 1977, where he worked until his retirement in 2019, writing and researching National Register nominations. Carl was proud to be an early adopter of AutoCAD software to draw historic district maps for these nominations, and his maps are still used today.
One of Carl’s most notable accomplishments is his early historical survey work in Key West and his work to nominate the Key West historic district to the National Register of Historic Places. Carl’s work resulted in his doctoral dissertation “The Historic Architecture of Key West: The Triumph of Vernacular Form in a Nineteenth Century Florida Town.” Today, the Key West historic district includes over 2,000 historic properties and is the largest historic district in the State of Florida. Throughout his career, Carl authored hundreds of National Register nominations and had a profound impact on the preservation of historic resources in Florida.
Carl continued his art work throughout his life. His work was exhibited at LeMoyne Arts Gallery and Sage Restaurant. Carl was a lifelong learner: teaching himself to play saxophone, taking piano lessons and learning Spanish in his later years. He collected vintage toy coin banks. Carl loved jazz music and could identify dozens of jazz instrumentalists after hearing just a few notes. He had a jazz radio show on WANM for several years.
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