The 1920’s boom transformed groves, farms and woodlands into neatly platted small-lot subdivisions now collectively called College Park.
One of the first developers to realize this area’s potential was Walter W. Rose. Active in Orlando real estate since 1913, in 1921 Rose filed a subdivision he called Rosemere. It was here that our streets were first given college names – Yale, Princeton, Cornell, and Harvard. In later Rosemere sections, Rose added De Pauw, Amherst and Vanderbilt. When Cooper-Atha-Barr platted extensions of these streets starting in 1925, they named their new subdivisions College Park.
Rose began selling Rosemere lots on Jan. 15, 1922, advertising paved streets, side-walks and water connections. His success led to four Rosemere additions, as well as nearby Rose Terrace. From about 1923 to 1957, Rose and his wife Stella lived in (really adjacent to) Rosemere. Their former home is a highlight of today’s tour.
Introductory Excerpt from:
College Park Historic Homes Tour – Shore Crest, November 24, 1996.
The sixth historic homes tour of the College Park Historical Committee.
Shore Crest House Tour Addresses
1. 1622 Dormont Lane
2. 1623 Dormont Lane
3. 1639 Dormont Lane
4. 1630 Oakmont Lane
5. 1706 Oakmont Lane
6. 1724 Oakmont Lane
7. 226 E. Vanderbilt Street
Document courtesy of the College Park Neighborhood Association Historical Committee.