LAKE LUCERNE-LAKE CHEROKEE AREAS OF ORLANDO

 

Just to the south of downtown and the East-West Expressway and east of Interstate 4 are the Lake Lucerne and Lake Cherokee neighborhoods.  These historic residential areas named for their lakes were the original suburbs for downtown professionals beginning in the 1880�s.  As roadways around the many lakes continued from 1900 to 1925, middle class bungalows and cottages for winter residents grew.

Almost crushed under the Expressway on the northern shores of Lake Lucerne is a complex of historic community landmarks that form the unique COURTYARD AT LAKE LUCERNE, an upscale bed and breakfast that includes the 1895 S.G. WALKER-LORENA HENRY HOUSE (125 N. Lucerne Circle), moved here originally to serve the Junior League of Orlando.

 

Next door is the 1947 art deco WELLBORN APARTMENT BUILDING built by Wellborn Phillips with a larger wing added for additional suites.   The crowning building is the 1893 PELEG PACKHAM MANSION, purchased in 1912 by Dr. P. Phllips owner  of the world�s largest citrus plant.  The complex not only has preserved key downtown buildings, but has developed a unique Orlando destination.

 

  The 1893 Peckham-Phllips Mansion as a bed and breakfast today and as a lakeside house in 1910.

 

 

On the eastern side of Lake Lucerne is HOVEY�S COURT (545 South Delaney), a cluster of nine two-story bungalows with a central courtyard.  After serving as apartments, the structures were converted to offices and saved from urban development.

Along the southern shore of Lake Lucerne are two Prairie School houses designed by Murray S. King: the 1936 SETH WOODRUFF HOUSE (now offices) and the 1812 WESCOT-BEARDALL HOUSE.

 

Drive down Delaney, you will pass at 713 South Delaney the 1924 Mediterranean Revival JOSEPH McCORMICK HOUSE but everyone around here knows this is the house where television actress Delta Burke grew up.  

 

Turning left down Cherokee Drive, you enter Orlando�s favorite Land Boom neighborhood where most of the homes are Mediterranean Revival/  At 309 Cherokee is the 1924 Colonial Revival of DR G. H. EDWARDS.

You can circle Lake Cherokee to see the diversity of architectural styles.  The Lake was originally called LAKE MINNIE (with no reference or impact via Disney) and Lake Avenue on the west side was an area of houses called �HONEYMOON ROW� since many were built in Victorian times for brides.

 

Two classic houses are the 1887 POYNTZ-O�NEAL HOUSE (614 South Lake), obtained by a preservation group, and the 1887 E. R. GUNBY HOUSE built for the wife of the man who was the Republican candidate for Governor in the 1890�s. 

                        

There are few public buildings in this residential area.  An exception is the 1926 CHEROKEE SCHOOL at 525 South Eola Avenue.   A landmark in Land Boom Mediterreanean styling, the school serviced the area for years as a middle school.