Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Haven - Winter Haven, Florida

235 6th Street NW - The Haven Hotel, which opened in 1924, was used to house prospective land buyers during the land rush of the 20's.  I have lots of memories of this building from when I was a kid.  I often played at a friend's house on nearby Lake Howard and on one particular day as a storm was rolling in from behind the building the clouds seemed to swirl around it in a menacing manner reminicent of Ghostbusters.  During those days the building was in a poor state of repair adding to the eerie aura it posessed.  The building was restored and remodeled in the late 80's I believe and became condos.

The front porch of The Haven was originally open and used for relaxing on rocking chairs while socializing and enjoying a cool beverage.

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