Florida Architecture - Darrell Davis
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Bok Tower

Bok Tower and gardens in Lake Wales, FL. One of the most underrated attractions in Florida. Most who have lived in Florida for years might ask twice about the location mentioned, and typically might say "I think I've heard of that"? The tower and lush gardens designed by Olmsted Jr. are overshadowed by their close proximity to the highly marketed Orlando attractions. The pink marble clad "Singing Tower" is built atop an iron dome formation as can be seen in the red clay as one drives beyond the gates, through citrus groves to the gardens. The tower cannot be seen while progressing through the gardens, then- suddenly through the curtain of cabbage palms it reveals itself.