Orlando Regions Bank Building, 2014

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Title

Orlando Regions Bank Building, 2014

Alternative Title

Regions Bank

Subject

Orlando (Fla.)
Banks and banking--Florida
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Department stores--Florida
Retail industry

Description

Sears, Roebuck & Company store, which was located at 111-113 North Orange Avenue in Downtown Orlando, Florida. Sears moved into the first floor of Philips Apartments in 1931. Before Sears arrived, the building, as well as the city of Orlando, was experiencing economic decline. However, Sears proved so successful that the building had to expand and the property value of the entire building increased by 25 percent. In 1939, F. Monroe Alleman and Kenneth Kraft bought the Sears building for $300,000. Twenty years later, Alleman sold the building for $1.1 million, but Sears was kept open with 12 years left on its lease.

In 1962, land on East Colonial Drive was bought to open a freestanding Sears store and a year later construction started. In 1973, the Sears on Colonial was incorporated with the Fashion Square Mall and it remains open today. On May 4, 1974, due to the expanding city and regional malls, the downtown Sears store closed its doors. Ten years later, the building was renovated and became what it is today, a bronze-colored glass tower nicknamed the Copper Whopper. At the time that this photograph was taken in 2014, the building was being occupied by Regions Bank.

Creator

Williams, Rachel

Source

Original color digital images by Rachel Williams, July 24, 2014.

Date Created

2014-07-25

Is Part Of

Orlando Remembered Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection. RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpeg

Extent

2.28 MB
2.97 MB

Medium

2 color digital images

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Sears, Roebuck & Company, Downtown Orlando, Florida
Regions Bank Building, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method

Item Creation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally created by Rachel Williams.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by the Orange County Regional History Center and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Curator

Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Bacon, Eve. Orlando: A Centennial History. Chuluota, Fla: Mickler House, 1975.
"Sears." Sears. http://www.sears.com/.
"About Sears Roebuck, and Co." Sears Holding Corporation. http://www.searsholdings.com/about/sears/.
"A Narrative History of Sears." Sears Archives. http://www.searsarchives.com/history/index.htm.

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2 color digital images

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