As you explore our downtown, note the many examples of period architecture that give this area its character. Even though some buildings are getting a face lift, others remain towering testaments to Waycross’ close proximity to Florida and its Spanish Influence. This Spanish Mission style architecture is reflected in stucco finishes, stylized gables, and clay tile roofs.
Start your downtown walking tour at the Historic Rail Depot. Constructed in the early part of the 20th century, prior to World War I, the Spanish Revival-style terminal replaced the previous wooden passenger depot, which was destroyed by fire in a train derailment. Note the Spanish-style gables, brick masonry, and the broad, light colored band of stone that lines the outside. The Depot was partially renovated in 1999 to house the Chamber of Commerce. These are just a few examples of what’s in store when you visit Downtown Waycross.
Two more great examples of period architecture are: the 1907-era Old Elk’s Club Building, which reflects a Spanish/Mediterranean influence with its stucco and brick finish and its clay tile roof, and the right corner of the Kress Building. This section was constructed in 1910 and renovated in 1987 with careful attention to detail, earning a Governor’s Honor Award for outstanding Individual Contribution to the Main Street Program in 1988.