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Dennis Reidenbach
Regional Director




2008 Southeast National Historic Landmark Winner

Photo of Bok Tower Gardens (Historic Bok Sanctuary) by  Richard Pezzimenti

Bok Tower Gardens (Historic Bok Sanctuary)
Lake Wales, Florida

Photographer: Richard Pezzimenti

In the 1920s, Edward W. Bok, a Dutch immigrant, created Bok Tower Gardens to express his appreciation and gratitude for his adopted country. Located on the Florida peninsula’s highest point and originally called the Mountain Lake Sanctuary and Singing Tower, it symbolizes Bok’s concern for “world peace and beauty,” themes that are interwoven in the public garden’s architecture (designed by Milton B. Madary) and landscape (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.) Bok achieved national significance as editor of The Ladies Home Journal and was also a Pulitzer Prize winning author, local and national civic leader, and philanthropist.

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