Maitland Condominiums

MAITLANDMaitland Condominiums
Population: 15,751
Demographics: Median age is 41.3; 80.59 percent white, 11.06 percent black, 10.42 percent Hispanic
Median household income: $66,453
Schools: Dommerich Elementary School, Lake Sybelia Elementary School, Hungerford Elementary
School, Maitland Middle School, La Amistad School, Summit Charter School: private schools are
Park Maitland School, Lake Forrest Preparatory School, Hebrew Day School, Maitland Montessori
School, Center for Early Childhood Education, King of Kings Lutheran School, Chabad Day School and
Orangewood Christian School
Entertainment: Enzian Theater, Florida Film Festival, Maitland Art Center, Maitland Civic Center (musical
and special events) La

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Although it is only about six square miles in size, the Orlando suburb of Maitland has so many lakes 18
percent of the area is water, making it a haven for boaters. The largest body of water, Lake Maitland,
is the defining geographical feature and the area was named after a fort that was built on the western
shore of the lake (then called Fumecheliga) in 1838. The U.S. Army established the fortress in honor of
Capt. William Seton Maitland, a hero of the Seminole Wars, and the name stuck even after the fort had
been torn down.

The city’s main thoroughfare was once part of the Old Black Bear Trail, which ran from Montreal,
Canada, to St. Petersburg, Florida, and passed by the fort. After the Civil War, Maitland continued to
be a popular spot for Northern guests to winter because of the mild climate, fresh spring water and
pine forests. Before long, a healthy citrus industry began to sprout. Soon a railroad connection was
established to Jacksonville and a large packing house in the center of town shipped as many as 300,000
boxes of fruit each season. The city also was home to an ice factory, two livery stables and had a hotel,
Park House, which became a resort for such luminaries as presidents Grover Cleveland and Chester
Arthur.

Much of Maitland’s growth in the 20th century can be attributed to America’s quest for dominance in
space. Located less than 50 miles from Cape Canaveral, Greater Orlando attracted the Martin Marietta
Corp. and many employees settled their families in Maitland due to its proximity to the plant. Like the
rest of the Orlando area, Maitland’s growth also benefited from the arrival of Walt Disney World in
1971.

Today, the population of Maitland is about 16,000 and consists primarily of residential neighborhoods
with a commercial sector of banking, retail, services and notably, Electronic Arts’ Tiburon studio, makers
of the popular Madden NFL series and NCAA Football series. The city is served by two elementary
schools and a middle school; high school students attend the nearby Winter Park High School. The
Interlachen School of Dance is also in Maitland.

For a small town, one of the oldest incorporated suburban municipalities in Central Florida, Maitland
has remarkable number of cultural facilities. It is home to the Maitland Art Center, which is listed on the
National Register of Historic Places for its unique Mayan Revival and Fantasy Architecture, the Maitland
Historical Museum, the Telephone Museum, the William H. Waterhouse House Museum, and the
Carpentry Shop Museum.

But perhaps drawing the most traffic annually is the Enzian Theater, one of the premier art house
theaters in the Southeast. It not only screens small-budget, first-run independent features and foreign
titles from the film-festival circuit, but also older films with a twice-monthly program it calls Cult
Classics.

The theater is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the
community through film, according to its mission statement. Founded by Tina Tiedtke and the Tiedtke
family in 1985, it has gained a loyal following of film lovers and garnered a national reputation with its
willingness to book self-distributed films. The Enzian hosts the renowned Florida Film Festival every
spring, as well as the annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival, the South Asian Film Festival and the
Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase, an exhibition of works by Florida film students.

The Enzian’s outdoor Eden Bar is a popular spot for drinks and a bite to eat, as are RanGetsu and the
Copper Rocket Pub. Many restaurants are located nearby in Winter Park.

Due to its rich history, Maitland has an active historical society and preservation program. An historical
corridor includes old residences still standing in the area of Lake Lily and Lake Catherine and extends
through the central portion of the city. Examples include: the Arthur O’Heir House (1885), Chadburne
Hall or High Oaks (1890), the James Arch House (1885), the Robert L. Wagner House (1881) and the Hill-
Stone House (1908).

Among famous residents who have called the city home are Buddy Morrow, leader of the Tommy
Dorsey Orchestra, and Scott Stapp front man of the rock group Creed.