This location was built in 1926 by John W. Camac a real estate developer. It is an example of Masonry Vernacular/Mediterranean style architecture. This structure contains 10 two-room apartments. Located next to the Erwin Hotel also built by Camac. The apartments have also be called the Nassau Apartments and the Townhouse Apartments.
John Camac, a native of New Jersey, had a real estate office in Philadelphia for 38 years before he ventured to Florida's burgeoning land boom in1919. He opened a real estate office in Daytona Beach while maintaining his office in Philadelphia. In Daytona Beach he developed the Fernwood Hotel and several business block on the peninsula's Main Street and financed the construction of the Florida Theater.
In 1926, Camac moved his office to Orange City where he built the Laverne Apartments ,next to his hotel It was built in the Mediterranean Revival style which began late in the nineteenth century peaking in the 1920's and 1930's. The characteristics of the Mediterranean Revival architecture is similar to Spanish Revival architecture with low pitched roofs with broad over hanging eaves and covered with red clay brick tile while the walls of the structures are usually always stuccoed. This style is based on palaces and seaside villas which were built in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea becoming popular in California and Florida.
The building consists of two floors with ten apartments at the LaVerne each apartment had two rooms with a front and rear porch. Camac acquired the cities water company to insure fresh water to his hotel guests and apartment tenants this helped to expand the infrastructure of the water company.
J.P. Prettyman drafted the plans and supervised all the construction on Camac commercial buildings He also built six dwellings and did a renovation in Orange City for Camac. The house at 401 East Graves, the former home of John Camac is the house Prettyman renovated.