Hotel Forrest Lake Collection

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Cornerstone of New $500,000 Hotel Will Be Laid on Tuesday
Newspaper article on the Sanford Chamber of Commerce's plans to begin construction of the new Forrest Lake Hotel, which was expected to cost $500,000 to build. The construction of a lakefront hotel in Sanford was first proposed by mayor and…

Final Flush
Photograph with caption of three original toilets from the Forrest Lake Hotel. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford…

Hotel Forrest Lake
View of Hotel Forrest Lake from San Juan Avenue. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford Naval Academy. In 1916,…

Hotel Forrest Lake and East First Street
View of Hotel Forrest Lake and East 1st Street. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford Naval Academy. In 1916,…

Portrait of Forrest Lake
Portrait of businessman and politician, Forrest Lake. He first arrived in Sanford in the 1880s. Lake was known as a local politician and later a member of state government. One of his most well known successes in politics was the passing of the bill…

Hotel Cornerstone Laying Ceremonies Will Be Held Later
Newspaper article on the postponement of the cornerstone laying ceremony at the Forrest Lake Hotel after the death of John S. Wilson, one of the stockholders of the company responsible for the funding of the hotel.

Named after the Sanford Mayor…

Rise and Decline of Forrest Lake Seemed to Follow State's Fortunes
Newspaper article detailing the life of Forrest Lake. Forrest Lake first arrived in Sanford in the 1880s. Lake was known as a local politician and later a member of state government. Throughout the early- to mid-1920s, Lake owned an icehouse,…

Hotel Forrest Lake
Hotel Forrest Lake in 1931. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford Naval Academy. In 1916, construction of the…

Hotel Forrest Lake, Sanford, Florida
Postcard advertising Hotel Forrest Lake in 1926, including rates of American and European plans. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly…

West Side View of the Forrest Lake Hotel
The Forrest Lake Hotel from the west side in 1926. Named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford Naval Academy. In 1916,…

Historical Society Tours Mayfair Inn
Newspaper article on the history of the Mayfair Inn. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In…

Hotel Mayfair
Postcard showing the Mayfair Hotel in 1944. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel…

Lewis Doty Resigns as Mayfair Manager
Newspaper article announcing the resignation of Lewis O. Doty as manager of the New York Giants Mayfair Inn in order to pursue management of his own hotel in Angola, Indiana. Doty first became manager in 1948 after Horace Stoneham, owner of the New…

Bird's-eye View of Mayfair Inn
Bird's-eye view of the Mayfair Inn. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest…

Front of Mayfair Inn
The Mayfair Inn in the 1960s. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake…

Mayfair Inn Lobby 1946
The Mayfair Inn lobby in 1946. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake…

Mayfair Inn Lobby
Lobby at the Mayfair Inn. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake opened…

Swimming Pool Construction at the Mayfair Inn
Swimming pool construction at the Mayfair Inn in 1951. The Mayfair Inn swimming pool was installed by William E. Kirchhoff, Jr.'s agricultural crew and became Sanford's first swimming pool. The pool overlooked Lake Monroe.

Originally named after…

Mayfair Inn Swimming Pool
The Mayfair Inn Swimming Pool in 1958. The swimming pool was constructed by William E. Kirchhoff, Jr.'s agricultural crew and became Sanford's first swimming pool. The pool overlooked Lake Monroe.

Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and…

Tourists at the Mayfair Inn Swimming Pool
Tourists at the Mayfair Inn swimming pool. The swimming pool was installed by William E. Kirchhoff, Jr.'s agricultural crew and became Sanford's first swimming pool. The pool overlooked Lake Monroe.

Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and…

Original Dinnerware from the Mayfair Inn
Original dinnerware from the Mayfair Inn. When the New York Giants acquired the building in 1948, visitors enjoyed comfortable rooms with cheaper rates than the resorts in Miami. Room rates at the Mayfair Inn also included meals and a game of golf…

The Mayfair "On the St. John's River"
The Mayfair Inn in the 1940s. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake…

The Mayfair Inn Brochure
Brochure detailing the attractions and luxuries of the Mayfair Inn in the 1950s. During the New York Giants ownership of the hotel, many visitors enjoyed the numerous amenities the Mayfair Inn had to offer, such as a golf course, all inclusive room…

The Mayfair Inn Swimming Pool
Excerpt from a Mayfair Inn brochure detailing the attractions and luxuries of the resort in the 1950s. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local…

Mayfair Hotel
The Forrest Lake Hotel during the latter half of the 1920's. Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake opened and became a popular destination for tourists visiting Sanford. By…

1000 East First Street, New Tribes Mission
Excerpt from tour brochure of historical buildings in Sanford, Florida. This excerpt features the New Tribes Mission Headquarters, located at 1000 East First Street. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank,…

Newly Renovated New Tribes Mission
The New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street, in 1982 after renovations. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J.…

New Tribes Mission, 2011
The New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida, in 2011. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect Elton J.…

Chapel at New Tribes Mission
The chapel at the New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. This room was formerly a hotel ballroom for the Mayfair Inn. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of…

Communications Facility at New Tribes Mission
The communications facility at the New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916.…

Entrance at Sanford Naval Academy
The Sanford Naval Academy, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida, in the 1970s. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect…

New Tribes Mission Grows
Newspaper article on the development of the New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in…

Breezeway at Sanford Naval Academy
The Sanford Naval Academy in the 1970s. Sanford Naval Academy, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in…

Guest Facility at New Tribes Mission
Guest facilities at the New Tribes Mission. This particular building was formerly a classroom building for the Sanford Naval Academy. The New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. Originally named after the Sanford…

New Tribes Mission International Headquarters, Sanford, Florida
History of the building for the New Tribes Mission International Headquarters, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake…

New Tribes Mission Lobby
The lobby of the New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida, in 2011. Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, construction of the Forrest Lake Hotel began in 1916. Local architect…

Swimming Pool at New Tribes Mission
The swimming pool at New Tribes Mission, located at 1000 East First Street in Sanford, Florida, in 2011. The pool was installed by William E. Kirchhoff, Jr.'s agricultural crew and became Sanford's first swimming pool. The pool overlooked Lake…

Dublin Core

Title

Hotel Forrest Lake Collection

Alternative Title

Forrest Lake Hotel Collection

Subject

Sanford (Fla.)
Hotels--Florida
Tourism--Florida

Description

Originally named after the Sanford Mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, the Forrest Lake Hotel has also been known as the Mayfair Inn and was briefly occupied by the Sanford Naval Academy. In 1916, construction of the building began. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. In 1925, Hotel Forrest Lake opened and became a popular destination for tourists visiting Sanford.

By 1929, the hotel closed after the stock market crash and the downfall of Florida's tourism and real estate boom. William E. Kirchhoff leased the building in 1934 and the hotel reopened in 1935 with the new name Mayfair Hotel. Under Kirchhoff's ownership, the Mayfair Hotel became known as one of the finest hotels in the South.

Kirchhoff sold the hotel in 1948 to Horace Stoneham, owner of the New York Giants. Stoneham then sold the building to the Bernard McFadden Foundation, who later sold it to the New Tribes Mission. The New Tribes Mission's goal is to reach tribes who have no access to the Gospel through translated publications and missionary work.

Is Part Of

Sanford Collection, Seminole County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Forrest Lake Hotel, Sanford, Florida
Mayfair Inn, Sanford, Florida
Mayfair Hotel, Sanford, Florida
Sanford Naval Academy, Sanford, Florida
New Tribes Mission, Sanford, Florida

Curator

Marra, Katherine
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Sanford Historic Preservation Board. "The Sanford Historic Preservation Board Presents the Sanford Historic Downtown Walking Tour." http://sanfordhistory.tripod.com/Links/wtour.pdf.
Sanford Historical Society (Fla.). Sanford. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.

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