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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Ambleside School of Ocala reattains ‘historic landmark’ designation

The Ambleside School was approved as a Local Historic Landmark during the July 20 meeting of the Ocala City Council.

Located at 420 SE Watula Avenue, Ambleside School of Ocala was originally constructed in 1913 and contributed to the Ocala Historic District.

In 2019, the building was moved from its original address at 121 SE Watula Avenue to its current address, and subsequently lost its historic designation. 

On Tuesday, Ocala City Council members voted to restore that designation.

“In order to recognize its significance and preserve its historic character, it is necessary to designate the building a local landmark,” reads city records submitted by Growth Management Director Tye Chighizola.

The matter came before the Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board during their regular meeting on June 3. That board recommended approval of the designation. As with any city advisory board, the Ocala City Council made the final decision to accept or reject the recommendation.

Ambleside School of Ocala is a Kindergarten through eleventh grade private, Christian school that embodies the philosophy of British educator Charlotte Mason. The school offers small class sizes with varied curriculum and places a continued emphasis on writing. It creates high expectations of students and provides opportunities to serve and lead, according to the school’s website. 

For more information on the school, visit the Ambleside School of Ocala.