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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Lincoln Hotel

(Now the Florida Air Academy)

 
 
Lincoln Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
1. Lincoln Hotel Marker
Inscription. The south side of this building was originally built in 1923 as the home for the Ernest Kouwen-Hoven family. During the year they lived in it, it was the scene of many spectacular parties, as well as more down-to-earth "crab-boils" held on the spacious lawn.

Purchased in 1926 by the Widrig brothers, additions were made to the building and it became the Lincoln Hotel. The hopes of the Widrigs to make Melbourne another Palm Beach with their beautiful hostelry, did not materialize.

In 1957 the hotel was sold to A. J. Rimer who renamed it the Belcelona Hotel. It operated under this name until 1961 when it was sold to Jonathan Dwight to become Florida Air Academy.
 
Location. 28° 4.767′ N, 80° 37.683′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on South Academy Drive 0.1 miles north of U.S. 192. Touch for map. Note that Academy Drive is closed to through traffic. To visit the marker, approach from the south (US 192). Marker is at or near this postal address: 1950 S. Academy Dr., Melbourne FL 32901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Holy Trinity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Land Yacht Port-O-Call (approx. half a mile away); Site of First Permanent Log Cabin
Florida Air Academy image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
2. Florida Air Academy
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Naval Air Station Melbourne (approx. 0.9 miles away); Little Red Schoolhouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Florida Institute of Technology (approx. 0.9 miles away); Melbourne Public Library (approx. one mile away); Henegar School Complex (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
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Categories. Air & SpaceEducation
 
Lincoln Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
3. Lincoln Hotel Marker
Florida Air Academy Architecture image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
4. Florida Air Academy Architecture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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