I am working with a couple who is moving back to the Orlando area after having lived several years in California and Arizona. They have decided on a beautiful, well cared-for historic home in Lake Cherokee. This neighborhood sits just south of Downtonw Orlando, within walking distance of the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center. The neighborhood is home to many historic homes which come under the watchful eye of the City’s Historic Preservation Board.
The quaint brick streets along with Cherokee Lake make this a traditionally romantic hallmark of Old Orlando. Orlando has six Historic Preservation districts.
- Downtown added in 1980
- Lake Cherokee added in 1981
- Lake Copeland added in 1984
- Lake Eola Heights added in 1989
- Lake Lawsona added in 1994
- Colonialtown South added in 2000
Lake Cherokee District is made up of 186 homes, 160 of which are considered contributing structures. The district is made up of 6 square blocks of residences with two schools. Building around the lake, which was formerly known as Lake Minnie, began in the late 1870s. A number of Victorian era homes still exist in the District, dating from the late 1880s and 1890s. And the early 20th century is well represented, as well. Specifically, 536 Lake Avenue with its traditional southern center hall design, broad sweeping pyramid roof and wrap-around porch.
Cherokee School at 525 S. Eola, built in 1926, is archetecturally significant. Built in the Mediterranean Revival style, the school is still in use today and is decorated with colorful terra cotta ornamentation.
Call or text Carol for comments at 216-832-3123!
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