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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
Chalet Suzanne
Chalet Suzanne
Chalet Suzanne Road
Built 1928
National Register Building

The Chalet Suzanne traces its business origins to the early 1930s when Bertha Hinshaw opened a small restaurant and wayside inn that employed buildings left over from part of a failed development initiated by her late husband in 1924. Despite the Depression, the restaurant prospered and gained national recognition after it was praised by Duncan Hines in a 1936 book.

Architecturally, the building is a fanciful collection of gables and towers and resembles a Swiss chalet. Its dining area is decorated with art and antiques collected over many decades from Europe and America.

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