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California Classics: Homes by Wm Lyon: Huntington Series
William Lyons Home, Inc. is a California-based, residential home builder. William Lyons, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, founded the company in 1954, then called Luxury Homes. In 1968, William Lyons Home sent Hymen Lake, a Central Florida real estate…

Letter from William Lyons Homes, Inc. to Hymen Lake (May 24, 1968)
William Lyons Home, Inc. is a California-based, residential home builder. William Lyons, a former U.S. Air Force pilot, founded the company in 1954, then called Luxury Homes. In 1968, William Lyons Home's architect design coordinator, Phil Hove,…

Oak Ridge Homes
This brochure shows model homes that were being built in the Oak Ridge community of Pine Castle, Florida. The brochure features five ranch model homes and includes prices and available interest rates. Florida Ranch Lands, Inc. is a real estate…

Oak Ridge II By Orlando's Largest New Home Builders
This brochure shows model homes that were being built in the Oak Ridge II community of Pine Castle, Florida. The brochure features five ranch model homes and includes prices and available interest rates. Florida Ranch Lands, Inc. is a real estate…

Bee Line Expressway Engineering Report
An engineering report for the planned construction of Florida State Road 528 (SR 528), also called the Martin Andersen Bee Line Expressway, published in November of 1964. This report include details regarding the original phase of the project, along…

Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake at Night
The Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida, around 1970. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the Royal…

Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
The Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida, around 1970. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the Royal…

Onan Corporation Generator at Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
The Onan Corporation generator at the Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake, located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida, around 1970. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is…

Letter from Virgil C. Gilbertson to Z. T. Stuart (April 22, 1970)
A letter from Virgil C. Gilbertson, Manager of Product Publicity for the Onan Corporation, to Z. T. Stuart, General Manager of Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake, dated April 22, 1970). In the letter, Gilbertson thanks Stuart for allowing Onan to photograph…

Skyview Plaza
The Skyview Plaza while under construction, around 1970. Located at 7801 Orange Blossom Trail in Sky Lake, the plaza can be seen in the lower left hand corner of the picture. Hymen Lake designed the plaza as regional shopping center, featuring a…

Sky Lake, 1970
Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally sold in the range of $10,000 to $15,000.…

Sky Lake Neighborhoods
The residential development in Sky Lake, Florida, in the 1960s. The first aerial photograph is taken from the north and has been annotated to show the location of the Publix Supermarket and U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also known as Orange Blossom Trail…

Oak Ridge II
A closeup aerial of homes in the Oak Ridge II phase of Sky Lake, which was located in the southern part of the development, in the 1960s. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located…

Sky Lake
Two unidentified portions of Sky Lake, a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, in the 1960s. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The community…

Publix in Sky Lake
This photograph shows a wide angle view of the Publix Supermarket on U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also known as Orange Blossom Trail (OBT) in Sky Lake, a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately…

Sky View Center
The Sky View Center, a Shell gas station, and a 7-Eleven convenience store in Sky Lake, a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. The divided highway at the foreground is most likely U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also…

Oak Ridge Entrance
The entrance to the Oak Ridge portion of the residential development in Sky Lake, Florida. The cross street on the left is Sand Lake Road. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area located approximately seven miles south of Downtown…

Sky Bowl
An aerial view of Sky Bowl in Sky Lake, Florida, in the 1960s. Sky Bowl was built in 1961 and is still in operation today as AMF Sky Lane. The road pictured in the forefront of the photograph is U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also known as Orange Blossom…

Voltaire Drive
The Voltaire Drive entrance to Sky Lake, located off of Lancaster Road. The shot angle was due north of the entrance. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south…

Sky Lake, 1963
A southwest view of Sky Lake, Florida, in 1963. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The…

Voltaire Drive, 1966
The Voltaire Drive entrance to Sky Lake, located off of Lancaster Road. The shot angle was due north of the entrance. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south…

Sky Lake, 1966
A south view of Sky Lake, Florida, in 1966. The second photograph is annotated to identify the Beeline Mall, Publix, Oak Ridge and Oak Ridge II, Sky Bowl, Orlando Central Park, Oak Ridge High School, and Candlelight Park. The roadway at the bottom of…

Bee Line Mall, 1966
An aerial photograph showing the Bee Line Mall and its surrounding areas in 1966. The photograph is annotated to show the surrounding roadways, Sky Lake, Oak Ridge, Candlelight Park, the Gold Key Inn, Piccadilly Restaurant, and Travelodge. Sky Lake…

Sky Lake, 1960
Sky Lake, Florida, during its early phases of construction in 1960. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster Road and…

Sky Lake, 1958
An aerial view from 1958, likely depicting the land that would be used to developed Sky Lake, Florida. The second photograph is annotated to identify the surrounded roads, including Lancaster Road, Oak Ridge Road, and U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also…

Sky Lake, 1959
An aerial view from 1959, likely depicting the land that would be used to developed Sky Lake, Florida. The second photograph is annotated to identify the surrounded roads, including Lancaster Road, Oak Ridge Road, and U.S. Route 441 (US 441), also…

Front Entrance to Sky Lake
The main entrance to the Sky Lake, a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. The entrance is located at the intersection of Lancaster Road and Voltaire Drive. Sky Lake is located approximately seven miles south of…

Sky Lake South Site Plan, 1972
A phase two site plan showing the layout of the Sky Lake South neighborhood. Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster…

Sky Lake Plaza Site Plan, 1962
An architectural drawing showing the proposed layout of the Sky Lake Plaza, later named Skyview Plaza and sometimes referred to as the BeeLine Mall. Hymen Lake designed the plaza as regional shopping center, featuring a Publix supermarket and other…

Sky Lake Plaza Paving and Drainage, 1972
An engineering blueprint showing the detail paving plan for the parking lot at Sky Lake Plaza, later named Skyview Plaza and sometimes referred to as the BeeLine Mall. Hymen Lake designed the plaza as regional shopping center, featuring a Publix…

Sky Lake Plaza Descriptions and Areas of Various Parcels, 1964
An architectural drawing showing the proposed layout of the Sky Lake Plaza, later named Skyview Plaza and sometimes referred to as the BeeLine Mall. Hymen Lake designed the plaza as regional shopping center, featuring a Publix supermarket and other…

BeeLine Mall Site Plan
architectural drawings showing two proposed layouts for Sky Lake Plaza, later named Skyview Plaza and sometimes referred to as the BeeLine Mall. Hymen Lake designed the plaza as regional shopping center, featuring a Publix supermarket and other…

Sky Lake Drainage Map, 1973
A map showing drainage easements for a portion of Orange County, Florida, describing what is likely the real estate property of present-day Sky Lake. The map was prepared at the request of Hyman Lake, the real estate developer of Sky Lake, a…

Orlando Grid Map
A grid map of Orlando, Florida, showing what appears to be the proposed site for the Sky Lake, a residential community and unincorporated area. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake…

Grid Map of Unincorporated Communities South of Orlando
A grid map of various unincorporated communities south of Orlando, Florida. Such communities include Edgewood, Pine Castle, Conway, Belle Isle, and Taft. Other notable sites on the map include the Orlando International Airport and the Martin Andersen…

Skyview Drive
Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. This residential community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally sold in the range of $10,000…

Aerial Views of Sky Lake
Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. This residential community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally sold in the range of $10,000…

Sky Lake Houses
Houses in Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. It is unclear as to what street(s) these houses were located along. The Sky Lake residential community was developed…

Sky Lake House
A house in Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. It is unclear as to what street this house was located along. The Sky Lake residential community was developed in…

Sky Lake Construction
Construction at Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The Sky Lake residential community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally sold…

Aerial View of Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida.. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the Royal Inn. Photographs…

Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake During Construction
Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida.. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the Royal Inn. Photographs…

Exterior of Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida.. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the Royal Inn. Photographs…

Hotel Room at Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
A hotel room at Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake, which was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida.. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as the…

Swimming Pool at Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake
The swimming pool at Travelodge Orlando-Sky Lake, which was located at 7101 South Orange Blossom Trail (OBT), just north of the Bee Line Toll Road, in Orlando, Florida.. The hotel was constructed in 1970 by Hymen Lake and is currently in operation as…

Laurel Oak Court
Laurel Oak Court in Sky Lake, located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando, Florida, between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The Sky Lake residential community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally…

Dublin Core

Title

Sky Lake Collection

Alternative Title

Sky Lake Collection

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)

Description

Sky Lake is a residential community and unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida. It is located approximately seven miles south of Downtown Orlando between Lancaster Road and Sand Lake Road. The community was developed in late 1950s and 1960s by Hymen Lake. Houses originally sold in the range of $10,000 to $15,000. In the 1970s, Sky Lake became one of the first housing developments to be racially integrated. The community was originally proposed to include one thousand homes within the middle of the square mile block and a ring of commercial developments along the perimeter.

Is Part Of

Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida

Language

eng

Type

Collection

Coverage

Sky Lake, Florida

Curator

Barnes, Mark
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

External Reference

Mormino, Gary R. 2002. "Sunbelt Dreams and Altered States: A Social and Cultural History of Florida, 1950-2000." The Florida Historical Quarterly. 81, no. 1: 3-21.
Arsenault, Raymond. "The End of the Long, Hot Summer: The Air Conditioner and Southern Culture." Journal of Southern History Vol. 50, no. 4 (November, 1984): 597-628.
Staeheli, Lynn A. and Don Mitchell. "USA’s Destiny? Regulating Space and Creting Community in American Shopping Malls." Urban Studies Vol. 43, nos 5/6 (May 2006): 977-992.
Dietrich, T. Stanton. The Urbanization of Florida's Population: An Historical Perspective of County Growth, 1830-1970. Gainesville, FL: Bureau of Economic and Business Research, University of Florida, 1978.
Rome, Adam Ward. The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

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