Holden Parramore Apartments for Rent(hide neighborhood information)
The Holden/Parramore neighborhood is designated a Historic District and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in September 2009. Founded in the late 1800s, this vibrant neighborhood is considered the oldest and largest African American community in Orlando. Over the years, it has been home to several influential African American leaders.
House designs and ages run the gamut from Ranch-style homes built from the 1940s to 2005, to single-family, multi-level houses built in 2009, to multi-family units dating back to 1967. Holden/Parramore encompasses area codes 32801 and 32805. The neighborhood is bounded by Washington Street on the north, Interstate 4 on the east, West Gore Street on the south, and North Orange Blossom Trail on the west. The area is primarily residential, although there are commercial businesses scattered throughout the neighborhood, including shops and restaurants.
Of the many appealing aspects of Holden/Parramore is the Wells’ Built Museum of African American History and Culture, which was operated as a hotel in the early to mid-1900s. The museum features tributes to notable African Americans, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Ray Charles, who all found lodging at the Wells’ Built Hotel from the 1930s to the 1950s when they played on a musical circuit in Orlando. Today the museum gives local entertainers a chance to continue the tradition and perform in this historic venue. Also nearby, to the west of the neighborhood, is Lorna Doone Park. This 16.26-acre piece of land includes a small lake, picnic tables, playgrounds, basketball courts, and a trail that encircles the lake, which is also open to fishing. The park sits next to the Florida Citrus Bowl. This sports venue sits 70,000 people. From 1979 through 2006, it was the home of the UCF Knights Football team.