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Scope and Content Note

The Lake Morton Historic District encompasses the South Lake Morton and East Lake Morton Districts.

In early 1984, a survey made of this district found 75% of the 760 buildings to be significant and contribute to the character of this historic neighborhood; Approximately, 96% of the structures are residential. By 1912, several prominent families had built homes in the survey area. Approximately 90% of the homes were built between 1918 to 1927, an era known as the Boom Period of Lakeland growth.

In 1992, a survey was conducted of  the area between downtown and Lake Morton and the East Lake Morton Historic District was established as a result.. Development in this area began about 1900 and was largely complete by 1928. Residences of Lakeland's important community leaders and civic buildings are located here. The Public Library, the Lakeland Woman's Club and the Sorosis Club were built on the north shore of Lake Morton. The bungalow is the primary residential style.

The South Lake Morton neighborhood boundaries on the north are Lake Morton and Palmetto St., on the west behind the S. Florida Ave. business strip, on the south at Lake Hollingsworth, and the east at Florida Southern College and Ingraham Ave. The East Lake Morton neighborhood extends the area to the east and north shores of Lake Morton north to the south shore of Lake Mirror and east to Ingraham Ave.

Materials in this collection are organized into three series as follows:

Series I: Subject Files
Series II: Master Site File Forms
Series III:Photographs