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
Johnson-Matteson House
Johnson-Matteson House
315 East Sessoms Avenue
Built 1914
National Register Building

C.L. Johnson, an associate of G.V. Tillman and two other businessmen in organizing Lake Wales, ordered construction of this Colonial Revival style residence. Tillman and Johnson first came to central Florida in 1905 to look for pine forests, a source of turpentine and other naval supplies. Johnson built his family's residence next to the G.V. Tillman house on a tree-shaded, hilltop lot overlooking Crystal Lake.

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