About Lawsona / Fern Creek Neighborhood
The Lawsona / Fern Creek neighborhood contains approximately 500 buildings and 3,000 residents that date from 1911 to the 1950's. The area represents a diverse mix of structures that represent a window into the development patterns of Orlando during this time.
It is considered by many to be one of the best places to live in Central Florida.
The neighborhood generally sits between Bumby Ave on the East, Hyer Ave on the West, South St to the South, and Robinson Street to the North.
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About Lake Lawsona Historic District
Encompassing the neighborhoods of Lawsona/Fern Creek and Thornton Park,
the Lake Lawsona Historic District was established by the City of Orlando in 1994
as an Orlando Historic District. Platted and developed between 1911 and the 1950s,
the district contains approximately 700 buildings and is illustrative of the growth patterns
of the city in the first half of this century with its mix of residential, educational and
A variety of architectural styles and forms can be found in the district including
Bungalows, Craftsman, Minimal Traditional and Colonial, Mediterranean, Mission,
Neoclassical, and Tudor revivals. Bungalows are the predominant contributing
structures in the district. Three sites within the Lake Lawsona Historic District have been
recognized as local historic landmarks. They are H.H. Dickson Azalea Park (1935),
the Washington Street Bridge (1926) and Orlando High School,
now Howard Middle School (1927).
The Historic District is bounded by Hampton Ave to the East, Summerlin Ave to the West, South Street to the South and Robinson Street to the North.
In 2019 the Lake Lawsona Historic District was named to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.
Dickson Azalea Park is named for a city beautification advocate and co-founder of one of Orlando’s earliest department stores, Dickson-Ives. The park consists of five acres of lush vegetation through which Fern Creek flows. Rustic stairs and walls direct the visitor through the park and out of the ravine. Above the creek’s embankment is the Girl Scout Little House (1940) at 119 North Celia Lane, which has served as a clubhouse for more than half a century. Just south of the Girl Scout Little House is the Beaux Arts-influenced Washington Street Bridge which traverses the park and Fern Creek.
The Neoclassical Revival Orlando High School is located at 800 East Robinson Street. The last class graduated in 1952 when Boone and Edgewater high schools opened. Distinguished alumni include astronaut John Young, former Orlando mayor Carl T. Langford, actor Buddy Ebsen, and Nobel Prize winner for medicine, Dr. Marshall W. Nirenberg.
Welcome Message From Your Neighborhood President
Hello and welcome to our neighborhood page.
I am very honored to assist our community to be the best it can be. As your President, I hope to encourage more participation in the association and communicate with our neighbors about activities that are happening around Lawsona / Fern Creek that may be of interest to you.
I have lived in Central Florida since 1975 and in this neighborhood since 2012. It's a great place to live and we have great neighbors. I hope you will join the association and meet with your neighbors at our quarterly meetings in January, April, July, and October.
You don't need to be a homeowner to participate. We encourage everyone that lives in this community to get involved.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Your Board Members
I am excited and committed to serve the neighborhood board as Treasurer and offer my background in banking to encourage responsible and technology focused best practices. Having lived in Orlando for 20+ years Ive attended elementary through high school and graduated at UCF in 2010 with a degree in Business Finance. My wife Sarah, one year old Daughter Daniella and dog Roma (Italian mastiff) have lived downtown since 2014. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing music and working on cars. I look forward to bringing new and engaging ideas for all of the residents in our neighborhood.
To be provided
Groups of volunteers that meet up monthly or quarterly to discuss ways to enhance our neighborhood.
The Beautification Team of the Lake Lawsona Fern Creek Historic Neighborhood seeks to encourage a clean and beautiful neighborhood by partnering with residents, community volunteers and city based organizations, focusing on volunteerism
and beautification efforts throughout our community.
The events team hopes to create entertaining and fundraising events for our neighbors including bi-annual porch crawls, National Night Out block party, and more. Are you interested in helping the events team? Let's get in touch!
View Neighborhood Maps
Lawsona Ferncreek neighborhood v. Lake Lawsona Historic District ? Are we Thornton Park? Are we part of the MILK District? It can definitely be confusing, so we hope the maps below help sort this out. The Lawsona Ferncreek neighborhood is nestled between Thornton Park and The MILK District. However, we are a part of the Lake Lawsona Historic District which encompasses parts of Thornton Park.