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Bok Tower Gardens (Historic Bok Sanctuary)

Lake Wales, Florida
County of Polk.
Burns Avenue & Tower Boulevard
National Register Number: 72000350
Resource type: Structure.
Property type: Landscape - park. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: FL-12 Certified Local Government: NO
This NHL offers public access.
Please contact the NHL directly for visitor information.
Current use/information: Public Park; see www.boksanctuary.org..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 19, 1993):
Edward Bok's Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower were created as the ultimate gift he could present to the people of America, his adopted land. A native of the Netherlands, Bok came to fame as the editor of The Ladies' Home Journal; he was also a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, local and national civic leader, and philanthropist. The Sanctuary and Tower were dedicated, on Bok's behalf, for visitation by the American people by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929. The gardens were designed by F. L. Olmsted.

There are no threats at this time.

The site received a Florida Cultural Instituion Program Grant 3-year grant; a Florida Community Trust Grant for land preservation $2,500,000 and State of Florida $350,000 historical preservation grant- restoration of architecture.

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