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City of Lake Wales, Florida Depot Museum
0Terms & Definitions
1CSX Historic Corridor
2Atlantic Coast Line Depot
3Crystal Lodge
4Seaboard Air Line Depot
5Stuart-Dunn-Oliver House
6Old City Hall
7Dixie Walesbilt Hotel
8U.S. Post Office
9Lake Wales Town Clock
10Rhodesbilt Arcade
11J.T. Rhodes Building
12Western Union Building
13Lake Wales Pharmacy
14Caldwell-Temple Building
15Gibson Building
16Lake Wales State Bank
17Scenic Theater
18Bullard Building
19Crystal Lake Park
20Alexander Studio - Johnson Funeral Home
21Scott-Leeks Houses
22Stuart Park
23Bok Tower
25Chalet Suzanne
26Kirkland Gymnasium
27Tillman-Dowling House
28Johnson-Matteson House
29Jones-Sprott-Busbee House
30First Baptist Church
31Bullard-Rumfelt House
32Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Lake Wales Arts Center

note: this is a slightly abbreviated version of the Historic Architectural Tour. For the full tour, please visit the Depot Museum and pick up a detailed brochure


Historic Architectural Tour
Rhodesbilt Arcade
Rhodesbilt Arcade
230 East Park Avenue
Built 1924
National Register Building

The Rhodesbilt Arcade, one of the city's most distinctive buildings, stretches between Park Avenue and Stuart Avenue, offering entry from either street. Erected between 1924 and 1926, it was built by Jesse T. Rhodes, a contractor and real estate agent, nicknamed "Good" because of the craftsmanship he applied to the buildings he constructed. They included a number of early residences in the city.

Often designed in the Mediterranean Revival style, arcades were among the most popular commercial building types in Florida during the 1920s. Mediterranean influences apparent on the Rhodesbilt Arcade include a curved parapet, arched entrances, and decorative ceramic tile.

~ Historic Lake Wales, by William R. Adams
Southern Heritage Press, © 1992