Gateway Historic Style Guides

 Welcome to Historic Lake Helen! The City of Lake Helen is committed to excellence in architecture, planning and landscape architecture. The purpose of the guidelines set forth is to contribute to the development of a well-planned urban environment   by fostering   the  creation   of visually compatible   and harmonious development within the City’s Gateway Corridors the benefits of which will be spread over the City as a whole and be shared by existing and future residents of the City. While there are nine architectural styles listed as acceptable in the City Code for the Gateway Corridor standards, the City encourages creative design within this styles with the understanding that architects and landscape architects are expected to incorporate into their designs the following:

  1. promote, protect and maintain the City’s historic character and small-town atmosphere;
  2. create and maintain a strong community image, identity and sense of place;
  3. create and maintain a positive visual ambiance for the community;
  4. provide for well-landscaped, scenic gateways to the City;
  5. enhance and sustain property values;
  6. promote a high degree of compatibility between surrounding structures and land uses;
  7. establish and promote a standard for quality design and enduring quality development;
  8. provide for traffic circulation patterns that enhance public safety, roadway capacity, vehicular and non-vehicular movement functions; and
  9. foster civic pride and community spirit by maximizing the positive impact of quality development.

Other historical styles may be permitted upon application to the City Commission where the applicant demonstrates, and the City determines, that the utilization of such style contributes positively to the historic character of the City.

Architects, planners, landscape architects and developers are encouraged to display their design creativity within the Architectural Design Standards & Guidelines while remaining sensitive to the desires of the community as embodied in the City’s Comprehensive Plan, City Codes and other applicable regulations.

Gateway Historic Style Guides
Classical Revival
Colonial Revival
Frame Vernacular
Gothic Revival
Mediterranean Revival
Queen Ann
Gateway Overlay Standards
Gateway Overlay Map 
Sign Permit Application

Certificate of Appropriateness Design Process Guide

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Permit Information

Please contact Becky Witte, City Clerk to set up an appointment to discuss the process, designs and application:

Becky Witte
327 S. LakeviewDrive
PO Box 39
Lake Helen, Florida 32744

Phone: (386) 228-2358