Court House and Lake Eola Postcard

Dublin Core

Title

Court House and Lake Eola Postcard

Alternative Title

Courthouse and Lake Eola Postcard

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Postcards--Florida
Orange County (Fla.)
Clock towers
Courthouses--Florida
Buildings--Florida
Lakes--Florida

Description

Postcard showing the Victorian-style Orange County Courthouse with Lake Eola in the background. The streets are Main Street (present-day Magnolia Avenue) and Central Avenue (present-day Central Boulevard). The Orange County Courthouse was constructed in 1892 and its cornerstone was laid on January 15, 1892. The architect was A. S. Wagner and the general contractor was the W. C. Green Company of Chicago, Illinois. The red brick, three-story building, which cost $57,000, was built in the Gothic Revival style with a eighty-foot high clock tower. The clock and bell were provided for by W. C. Sherman, a local businessman who raised several thousand dollars for the project. The clock mechanism was manufactured by Dent, London, founded by Edward John Dent, the company which made the Big Ben clock movement in London, England. The bell in the tower weighed 1,500 pounds, was tuned "F", was selected by local musician Harry Newell, and, as of 2011, is on display in the lobby of the Orange County Courthouse. The Orange County Courthouse occupied the building until 1927, when a new primary courthouse was constructed next door. Afterward, it was used for Orange County offices. On July 30, 1957, the building was condemned and then demolished on December 30, 1957. A new Orange County Courthouse Annex building was constructed on the site. In the late 1990s, the Courthouse Annex was demolished and replaced with an urban park called Heritage Square, owned by Orange County.

The gray building on the right is the McEwan Clinic, located at 100 East Central Boulevard, which was constructed in 1911. The original owner was Dr. John Singer McEwan. The building was designed to be Orlando's first public hospital. A third story was added circa 1920 to make a total of twenty hospital rooms. Apart from being a hospital and clinic, it was also the Florida Public Service Corporation, later the office of the Florida Gas Company, clothing stores (Artistry), and a 7-Eleven. As of 2011, it is the Central Station Bar. Across the Main Street from the Courthouse is the Orlando Lawn Bowling Clubs grounds.

Creator

C. T. American Art

Source

Original 5.5 x 3.5 inch color postcard by C. T. American Art: Asheville Post Card Company, Asheville, North Carolina: Private Collection of Thomas Cook.

Publisher

Asheville Post Card Company

Date Created

ca. 1925

Date Copyrighted

ca. 1925

Date Issued

ca. 1925

Contributor

Cook, Thomas

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 5.5 x 3.5 inch color postcard by C. T. American Art: Asheville Post Card Company, Asheville, North Carolina.

Is Part Of

Private Collection of Thomas Cook.

Postcard Collection, Thomas Cook Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

application/pdf

Extent

648 KB

Medium

5.5 x 3.5 inch color postcard

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Orlando, Florida

Spatial Coverage

28.54214, -81.377439
28.541964, -81.377345

Temporal Coverage

1925-01-01/1925-12-31

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher
Humanities Teacher
Visual Arts Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by C. T. American Art and published by the Asheville Post Card Company.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by C. T. American Art and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cook, Thomas

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Thomas Cook

External Reference

"Downtown Orlando Historic District Walking Tour." City of Orlando. http://sanfordhistory.tripod.com/Links/wtour.pdf.
"Elks History Project." The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. http://www.elks.org/history/.
"Orange County Courthouse," Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. http://www.ninthcircuit.org/about/courthouses/orange/.
Rajtar, Steve. A Guide to Historic Orlando. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2006.

Transcript

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, THE CITY BEAUTIFUL 21.
COURT HOUSE AND LAKE EOLA.

POST CARD

THIS SPACE FOR WRITING MESSAGES

THIS SPACE FOR ADDRESS ONLY

PLACE STAMP HERE
ONE CENT
FOR UNITED STATES
AND ISLAND POSSESSIONS, CUBA, CANADA, AND MEXICO
TWO CENTS FOR FOREIGN

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color postcard

Physical Dimensions

5.5 x 3.5 inch

Locations

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