Lawrence Brown House
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sfwife
N 27° 53.627 W 081° 50.054
17R E 417894 N 3085715
Quick Description: Historical House in Bartow, FL
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 10/19/2007 12:09:07 AM
Waymark Code: WM2E81
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 23

Long Description:
The L.B. Brown House was designed and constructed in the late 1800s by a self-taught master carpenter, Lawrence B. Brown. It contains nine rooms and is approximately 1700 sq.ft. It is an impressive structure adorned with heavy Victorian ornamentation. The house may be the only one of its kind in Florida, still in existence, that was built and owned by a former slave.
The house is in the process of being restored and is a museum. Tours can be taken by contacting Clifton Lewis at
You can also get a tour by stopping to take pictures and having Mr. Lewis come out and ask if you'd like a tour--which is what happened to me.
Most of the rooms in the house have been restored and have artifacts from the Browns' life. Lawrence Brown also built other houses and rented them. One of these houses was acquired and brought to the grounds of this house. It is also in the process of being restored.

Street address:
470 Second Ave.
Bartow, FL USA

County / Borough / Parish: Polk

Year listed: 2001

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Person, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924, 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Museum

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Privately owned?: Not Listed

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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