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Stroll through historic Downtown Orlando

There is much to do in Orlando, but instead of simply going to amusement parks, why do not try something different on your next Orlando vacation. A walk in the center of the old city offers face to face with the history of this city important.

His walking tour can be concentrated in the eight blocks of buildings that were designated in 1980 by the City of Orlando as a historic district. The area is a coherent set of buildings that reflect the history of commercial and governmental Orlando.

The district is composed of buildings from 1880 to 1940. Surrounded by modern skyscrapers, some 60 buildings in this historic district offers a vision the past of the city. The designation of historic district has helped preserve the buildings that would otherwise have been demolished because of the speed growth and demand for commercial space in this booming city.

Orlando first historic district shows the growing economic and political city for more than six decades. The district contains historic structures, filing, courthouses, banks, office buildings and retail. Variety styles and sizes of construction reflects the evolution of architecture and construction in the center.

The styles represented in the neighborhood are Queen Anne, Twentieth Century Commercial Style, the Beaux Arts, Renaissance Mediterranean Art Deco and Art Moderne. Almost all buildings are constructed masonry because of a series of fires in the late 1800s that destroyed many wooden structures and calls for new city standards construction.

Some sites on this tour 2.5 miles.

1. Well'sbuilt Hotel, 511 West South Street

Dr. William Monroe Wells built this hotel in 1926. It has provided housing for African-Americans during segregation when rooms are not available to them in other areas. Many famous artists and athletes stayed here. The south side is Dr. Wells Street Casino, where many artists performed for the African American Community. Well'sbuilt Museum Black History is here now.

2. Dr. William Monroe Wells House, 519 Street Southwest

Dr. William Monroe Wells built this Foursquare style house on a plot of an East Block in 1924. He was known as one of longer medical practice in Orlando African American and participated in the cultural and commercial life of the community with Well'sbuilt Hotel and Casino South Street.

3. Victorian House & Cottage, 541, rue du Sud-Ouest

The Victorian house and the cottage is popular among the only other structures in Victoria left in the city. The level of detail in the original turned columns, carved and perforated grids is not in another
buildings in Orlando.

4. Hankins Building, 647 West Street South

Dr. IS Hankins built this business from art deco style building in 1947. Hankins was a doctor American leadership early citizenship. It has been an active participant in the development of Washington Shores, offering new opportunities to property for African-Americans in Orlando.

5. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 701 South West Street

This African American church has been organized in 1919 and met in various locations until the land was purchased last. Church members made rustic Concrete Blocks were used for the construction of walls. The Gothic style church opened its doors in 1921.

6. Ebenezer Methodist Church, 596 Church Street West

By 1892, this congregation had a wooden church on this site. It was the first African-American Methodist Church in Orlando. From 1922, members built this church brick gothic style.

7. Slemon stores, 129 Church Street West

The Grocery Store was built in 1924 by William Slemon. He arrived in Orlando in 1886. Slemon and his son owned a number of stores in downtown Orlando in the decade 1880s until the mid-twentieth century.

Each building has its own history and the buildings mentioned above are only a small part tour. Download Can turn into a PDF file with a map http://www.cityoforlando.net/planning/cityplanning/Walk_Tour04.pdf or visit an online site for more information about the history of Orlando and the latest information on the center of the city's history www.downtownorlando.com www.cityoforlando.net /.

Therefore, be sure to take some time to see the historical sights of Orlando for your next visit to the region.

About the Author

Mark Whichard is a frequent writer on Orlando Tourism. Mark and his wife Susan are the proprietors of Disney Home Rentals, an agency that rents vacation homes near Disney World. Visit their website:
http://www.disneyhomerentals.com
for more information.

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