Bok Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower

Also known as: Bok Tower, Bok Tower Gardens
3 mi. N of Lake Wales, Lake Wales, Florida


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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. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, April 19, 1993

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 21, 1972
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Late Gothic Revival
Areas of significance
Conservation; Landscape Architecture; Performing Arts; Architecture; Art; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Music facility; Conservation area; Garden
Current functions
Conservation area; Music facility; Garden
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant years
1922; 1928; 1929
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 8
Contributing structures: 4
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 5
Non-contributing structures: 6
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • February 20, 2020: New Street View added by Michael Miller