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City of Lake Wales, Florida Depot Museum
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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
First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
338 East Central Avenue
Built 1923
National Register Building

The First Baptist Church offers an excellent example of high-style Neoclassical architecture. Its style is expressed by a modified cruciform plan featuring a central dome and a full-height pedimented gable portico which is supported by Ionic columns and has a classic entablature. The walls of the church are elegantly covered in buff-colored brick.

Decorative trim moldings adorn the church's interior. They include a chair rail, milled window and door frames, and a classical entablature that encircles the building at the junction of the walls and ceiling. A large three-story addition was attached to the southwest corner of the building in the 1950s, otherwise the church retains much of its historic appearance.

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