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Construction of Hotel Forrest Lake

Cornerstone of New $500,000 Hotel Will Be Laid on Tuesday

Sanford Herald, April 11, 1925.

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 president of Seminole County Bank, Forrest Lake. In 1925, construction of the building began. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. On January 4, 1926, Hotel Forrest Lake opened, but closed two years later as a result of the Florida real estate bust.

Hotel Cornerstone Laying Ceremonies Will Be Held Later

Unidentified newspaper, undated.

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. The construction of a lakefront hotel in Sanford was first proposed by mayor and president of Seminole County Bank, Forrest Lake. In 1925, construction of the building began. Local architect Elton J. Moughton designed the hotel. On January 4, 1926, Hotel Forrest Lake opened, but closed two years later as a result of the Florida real estate bust.