City of Lake Wales Florida
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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
Scenic Theater
Scenic Theater
254 East Stuart Avenue
Built 1920
National Register Building

The Lake Wales Scenic Theater was built by a group of local businessmen organized as the Lake Wales Amusement Company. It seated 400 people, about half the town's population at the time. The photograph above was taken soon after its completion in 1920.

A two-part Masonry Vernacular commercial building, the Scenic Theater contains decorative features that were borrowed from the Mission Style. They include a curvilinear parapet and barrel tile covering over the flared eaves.

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