Palm Beach Florida Weekly

Lake Worth’s cottage industry



The cottages of Lake Worth are small because they primarily were built as weekend homes on the city’s trademark 25- and 50-foot lots.

The cottages of Lake Worth are small because they primarily were built as weekend homes on the city’s trademark 25- and 50-foot lots.

Ask visitors to Lake Worth what they remember about the city and it likely will be the doll house cottages that line the streets surrounding the city’s downtown.

They were seasonal and weekend homes built on 25- and 50-foot lots that people acquired when they bought farmland west of town.

Most were built in the first 40 years of the 20th century, and stylistically, they range from Mission to Art Deco — some even are a mix.

Those houses are soon to be the subject of a coffee-table book.

The cottages of Lake Worth were built in a vareity of styles, from traditional to Spanish, that would fit on the tiny lots into which the city was platted.

The cottages of Lake Worth were built in a vareity of styles, from traditional to Spanish, that would fit on the tiny lots into which the city was platted.

But you don’t have to wait until the book is published to take a peek.

The first Inside the Cottages of Lake Worth Tour is set for 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 24.

Visitors can stroll through more than 10 cottages in the Mango Groves and Downtown Jewel neighborhoods.

Hors d’oeuvres and beverages are included and there will be an exhibit by local artists in one of the gardens. A trolley will be available.

 

 

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 day of event (if available). No refunds; event held rain or shine. Organizers say the event is not appropriate for children or pets.

Tickets are available online at cottagesoflakeworth.com and facebook.com/ Cottages of Lake Worth. Or, you can purchase tickets in person at Paws on the Avenue and Studio 205, both on Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. Call 615-330-1819. ¦






 

 

 

 

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