Winter Park, Florida: American Flag House

Stubborn, ill-treated patriot Grover Walker has passed away, but his custom-painted house remains as a memorial -- although in pricey Winter Park it may not stay that way for long.
Address:
Tyree Lane, Winter Park, FL
Directions:
From Hwy 426, driving east, take the second right after Lakemont Ave. onto Strathy Lane, then take the first left onto Glenwood Drive and the first right onto Tyree Lane. The house is the third one on the right.
Hours:
Private property. Visible from street only.
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Battleship House Protestor Dies

Stubborn patriot Grover Walker, 84, died in a Winter Park, Florida hospital in late July. Walker had transformed his house on Tyree Lane into a personal protest canvas.... [08/05/2005] Complete News Story

Battleship House

When stuck in Orlando visiting Disney to appease the little ones, here is an unknown gem to look for. The Walker House, Tyree Lane, Winter Park. This is a house that has been painted and decorated to look like a giant battleship: the "USS Dreyfus". Remember the Dreyfus case in history (French, not US)? The owner of the house has a similiar story to tell about himself -- he was drummed out of the military for threatening to expose communists in government, so to draw attention to his plight, he did the house change thing. Once the county talked about condemning it, but he retaliated by saying he would bring in cement mixers and fill it full of concrete first.

There is also a giant flagpole flying an upside down American Flag. As I recall, the FAA tried to make him take it down because it was high enough to interfere with the flight path in the area. Mr. Walker put a giant siren on it which he blew whenever officials showed up to inspect it.

[B. Cara, 11/09/1998]

Grover Walker's house was eventually repainted as an American flag, and his flagpole was chopped down to a more reasonable 15 feet.

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