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Mt Dora in Lake County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Old Mount Dora Post Office

 
 
Old Mount Dora Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 2, 2020
1. Old Mount Dora Post Office Marker
Inscription.  
The area received its first post office in 1880. Ross C. Tremarin was appointed as the first postmaster and named the lakeside outpost “Royellou” after his three children, Roy, Ella and Louis. Two years later, the town’s official name was changed by surveyors to “Mount Dora”. They chose “Mount” because of the 184 feet above sea level elevation and “Dora” after homesteader Dora Drawdy.

With a booming population of 400, the current Postmaster David S. Simpson persuaded the government to build a new post office on Alexander Street. After only three months of construction, this post office opened its doors in the spring of 1928 and served the community until 1962. The one-story hollow tile building featured a Lombardy Engrove tapered tile roof, cream-colored stucco facade, white interior finish and twelve foot high ceilings with a central skylight.

This building is one of the few Mediterranean Revival styles in town and one of the first buildings to be constructed with pressed concrete block. To this day, it is one of the only buildings that still exhibits its original
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facade. The building received a Historic Marker from the Mount Dora Historic Preservation Board in March 2001.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
 
Location. 28° 48.006′ N, 81° 38.743′ W. Marker is in Mt Dora, Florida, in Lake County. Marker is on Alexander Street south of West 5th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 Alexander St, Mount Dora FL 32757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Atlantic Coast Line Train Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John P. Donnelly House (about 400 feet away); The World War (about 600 feet away); Lakeside Inn (about 700 feet away); Mount Dora Community Building (about 800 feet away); The Rehbaum Warehouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sonnentag Theater at the Icehouse (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mt Dora.
 
Old Mount Dora Post Office Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 6, 2019
2. Old Mount Dora Post Office Marker
Photo Insert Top Right:Post Office 1928 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 2, 2020
3. Photo Insert Top Right:Post Office 1928
Postmaster’s Assistants…<small>Year Unknown </small> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, February 2, 2020
4. Postmaster’s Assistants…Year Unknown
Mount Dora Historical Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 6, 2019
5. Mount Dora Historical Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 382 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 12, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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