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Azalea Park Neighborhood Celebrates 60

Back in the late 1930s,  J. W. Cannon operated a 400 acre private airport along Lake Barton Road (now Semoran Blvd.) It was a grass runway for small airplanes and it had its own flying school. The Florida Aeronautical and Supply Company bought the property in 1940 and Wellborn C. Phillips (senior) purchased it in 1951.
Phillips Properties began construction of Azalea Park in May of 1952. The 1,100-home subdivision grew into an $8 million project, complete with a shopping center, swimming pool, and five churches.
The 1954 Polk’s Orlando City Directory announced for the first time, “Including Azalea Park,” with new street listings that are familiar to us: Alder, Bamboo, Camellia, Dogwood, Lantana, Mimosa, Oxalis, Redwood, Sage, Willow, Yucatan, Zinnia, and more.
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1962 Colonial High School Yearbook - Advertisements pg 204
Page 204 in the 1962 Colonial High School yearbook features advertisements for Alan Anderson's Colonial Studio at 737 West Colonial Drive; Lake...
1966 Colonial High School Yearbook - Advertisements pg 233
Page 233 in the 1966 Colonial High School yearbook features advertisements for Azalea Park Laundry Cleaners, T. G. Lee Dairy, and photos...
1965 Colonial High School Yearbook - Advertisements pg 221
Page 221 in the 1965 Colonial High School yearbook features advertisements for F & W Printers on South Lake Barton Road, Azalea...
Azalea Park Garden Club
Newspaper article about the Azalea Park Garden Club.
Azalea Park Swimming Pool
Here we see Betty Hurd with some of her many swim team members at the Azalea Park Swimming Pool, which she owned...
Mid 1950s Fashion
Pictured here are the ladies from the William  Hurd family wearing their Easter Sunday finest.
Mrs. Beamer's 1964 class
Ed Schilke submitted this photo of Mrs. Beamer's 1964 class at Azalea Park Elementary School, 1 Carol Ave. 
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Azalea Park Celebrates 60 Opening Ceremony

On April 26, 2014 the residents, with former residents and County Commissioner Pete Clarke gathered to commemorate 60 years since the establishment of the Azalea Park (Orlando, FL) neighborhood.

Interview with Teresa Fetter

Teresa Fetter joined us for the Azalea Park 60 Years Celebration. In this interview she remembers moving with her husband George to Azalea Park in 1955.  Her children grew up here, attending Good Shepherd Catholic School and then Bishop Moore.  Teresa and George retired after many years service at the Orlando Army Air Base / Orlando Naval Training Center.  

Interview with Geneva Hanson

Geneva Hanson shares some of her memories of the Azalea Park neighborhood's last 60 years.

Interview with Dr. Richard A. Simmons

Dr. Simmons joined us for the Azalea Park Neighborhood 60 year celebration and shares some of his memories of growing up in "in the park."  His family was one of the first to move into the new neighborhood and he was born here.

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