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
Holy Spirit Catholic Church-Lake Wales Arts Center
Holy Spirit Catholic Church-Lake Wales Arts Center
1099 Hesperides Road (S.R. 60)
Built 1927
National Register Building

No more elegant or striking example of the Spanish Mission style of architecture is to be found in Florida than the Church of the Holy Spirit, now known as the Lake Wales Arts Center. Built at the close of the Florida land boom, the building is situated on a large corner lot. Its style is expressed by a gable roof with curvilinear parapet ends, a large central dome, a bell tower, an arched entry, a stucco exterior, and arched windows divided into three sections by spiral columns.

On the occasion of the church's dedication, the local paper commented: "The building is a masterpiece of architecture and representative of the best thought of men who are on familiar terms with church and cathedral architecture and construction in the old world. One might easily believe that this interesting structure, with its time stained walls and ancient tower, slipped in from some bygone day and settled down for centuries to come in its new modern surroundings."

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