Dr. Carey Mitchell House
The house at 345 North Oak Avenue represents an example of Craftsman Bungalow residential architectural style of which only few example exist in Orange City. This house originally had Porte Cocheres which was located a the North end of the front porch and leaded glass transient windows on the first floor. In the last few years this house has received much renovation to the exterior and interior which also included the brick paver driveway and new landscaping.
Backstory and Context
Address: 345 North Oak Avenue
The residential structure was constructed in 1926 and his a contributing structure to the Orange City Historic District. It represents a primarily Bungalow architectural style, which is characteristic by a low pitched roof on a gabled or hipped roof with large over hanging eaves with exposed beams that embodies the Craftsman style of 1900-1920.
The original owner of the property is unknown. In 1939, Dr. Carey T. Mitchell, a noted surgeon from Nashville Tennessee moved to Orange City purchased the property at 345 North Oak and opened a practice in DeLand for ear, nose and throat. Dr. Mitchell eventually opened a general practice of medicine in Orange City at his residence. In 1961 he closed his practice in DeLand and moved his equipment to his residence where he continued to practice
He was a graduate of the University of Chicago Medical Department of 1912 specialized in medicine of the eye, ear, nose and throat.
He became Mayor and during the World War II was in charge of The Rationing Board. Dr. Mitchell was a member of the Masons, the Pilgrim Community Church and the Regional Blood Program of the American Red Cross.
The house was also the home of Orange City's former Mayor Tom Laputka 2011-2016.
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Photo by Ted Marsolek