Our Roots in the Nation's Oldest City

Located in the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine, Florida, Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. has earned a distinct reputation for creating unique design solutions and compelling images of change. Our team seeks to balance today's needs with the rich history of the past. Our projects and approach have been recognized with a variety of awards, including the prestigious FLASLA Award of Honor in 2013 for the Colonial Quarter Living History Experience.


We are storytellers.


Andrew Young Crossing

The City of St. Augustine has a unique place in the history of the United States. Through its rich heritage, Spanish and other European, Native American, and African populations each had a significant impact on the growth and development of our nation’s oldest city. Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. is committed to telling these stories through design----highlighting these historic imprints on the landscape.  

For more information:
New World Center for Civil Rights and Social Change Project Booklet
Andrew Young Crossing
 

We have come a long way. It has been through struggle and disagreements, through understanding and forgiving one another we’ve been able to get a long, long way.
— Andrew Young
marquis Halback designed the andrew young crossing in downtown st. augustine to commemorate Young and other activists' fearless march to the Plaza de la Constitucion in June, 1964.

marquis Halback designed the andrew young crossing in downtown st. augustine to commemorate Young and other activists' fearless march to the Plaza de la Constitucion in June, 1964.


"the TOUCH St. Augustine Sculpture Garden is a 450th Legacy project that celebrates art, explores history and improves access to the arts for people with disabilities."

"the TOUCH St. Augustine Sculpture Garden is a 450th Legacy project that celebrates art, explores history and improves access to the arts for people with disabilities."

TOUCH St. Augustine Art Garden

For nearly a century, the St. Augustine Art Association has been a landmark for creation, inspiration and exploration in the nation’s oldest city. In August 2014, Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. partnered with the Art Association to design a new art garden experience. The garden will continue the legacy for the next generation by providing a beautiful and inviting outdoor gallery space that engages all of the senses and celebrates the arts.

As part of the citywide Braille Trail, two new ADA pathways along Marine Street draw visitors into the TOUCH St. Augustine Sculpture Garden, where they can begin exploring St. Augustine’s rich artistic heritage.

For more information:
St. Augustine Record article

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Fred Halback, Senior Principal

This beloved 65-acre park in the center of downtown has received numerous state and national awards for design excellence. Honored in White House ceremonies, Fred was responsible for project management and design, orchestrating a cadre of design professionals in the execution of this major urban park.

This beloved 65-acre park in the center of downtown has received numerous state and national awards for design excellence. Honored in White House ceremonies, Fred was responsible for project management and design, orchestrating a cadre of design professionals in the execution of this major urban park.

Since 1978, Fred Halback, FASLA and senior principal, has brought a unique set of talents to the design and management industry. Combining a master's eye for detail, as well as an ability to anticipate and respond to critical client needs, Fred has created an impressive resume of highly visible, large, and complex projects. After establishing Herbert-Halback, Inc. (HHI), a successful design practice, for over 25 years in Orlando, Fred retired from his ownership and moved to St. Augustine. 

However, his retirement did not last long.  In 2001, he formed Halback Design Group, known as Marquis Latimer + Halback, Inc. today. Fred also started teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of Florida, College of Planning, Design, and Construction for ten years. Fred continues his active involvement in the firm he founded, providing the firm and clients with his invaluable experience. Projects, large or small, can benefit from Fred’s experience and approach, assuring success at any scale.