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Florida Mid-Century Modern Buildings (page 2)

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former Haydon Burns Library
Jacksonville, FL
The Haydon Burns Library was designed by Taylor Hardwick and built in 1965. The library closed in 2005 when a new library was built nearby. The building was nearly demolished in 2006. The building was being renovated for office space when these photos were taken in 2009. The building now houses the Jessie Ball duPont Center. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [vintage photos top row above thanks Jonathan Lux] [map]

Downtown Post Office
Lakeland, FL
The Downtown Post Office appears to be from the 1950s. The panels on the building were a salmon color until painted blue around 2017. [map]

Miami Marine Stadium
Miami, FL
The Miami Marine Stadium was built in 1963 as the Ralph Munroe Marine Stadium. It was designed by Hilario Candela. The structure was used to host powerboat events. Later, a floating stage was built so that it could host boxing matches, concerts, and religious services. After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the structure was declared unsafe. It has been abandoned since then. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

staircase structure
Miami, FL
Rotunda
Miami Beach, FL
The staircase structure is one of two on opposite ends of the Toledo Center strip mall. The stairs lead to businesses on the second floor. I believe the strip mall was built in 1975. [map]

The Rotunda was designed by A. Herbert Mathes and built in 1962. It is located in Collins Park and was originally used as an auditorium for the Miami Beach Library. The building has been vacant since 2009. There has been talk since then of using the building as a cafe or art exhibit space. The relief sculptures depicting "The Story of Man" were made by Albert Vrana from cast-sand concrete. [map]

Miami Beach City Hall
Miami Beach, FL
I believe the Miami Beach City Hall was built in 1959 just after the Miami Beach Exhibition Hall (now Convention Center) was built. [map]

More Miami:
Fly's Eye Dome
Voyager Motel: 1, 2 [vintage; gone]

Miami Gardens:
Sunshine State Arch

North Fort Myers:
River's Edge Mobile Home Park

Cyclorama
North Port, FL
The Cyclorama was designed by Jack West and built in 1959. The interior features a 360-degree mural depicting the life of Ponce de Leon and his discovery of the Fountain of Youth. The mural was created by Don Putman. The painting is accented with sculptural elements which create a 3-D effect. The Cyclorama closed in the 1970s and has been vacant since then. It is currently being used for storage. The mural on the outside of the building was not original. For more, see this website. This building is just up the road from the Warm Mineral Springs Motel. [map]

abandoned building
North Port, FL
This abandoned building is located just north of the Warm Mineral Springs Motel. It was probably inspired by Lundy's design. It is not known what it housed originally but was a commercial building. It has been vacant for many years. This photo is from 2009. The building was still vacant in 2016. [map]

former Welcome Center
Ochopee, FL
This former Welcome Center, shown on the left above, was built around 1966. The building has been remodeled. It has been reroofed and siding added. There were originally projections from the top of the pyramid-shaped building. The building housed the Everglades Information Center and Chamber of Commerce in recent years. However, it appears to be vacant now. The building on the right above is located next door. It looks like it might have been a restaurant or used as additional office space. It housed a sheriffs' substation in the 1990s and early 2000s but it appears to be vacant now. Does anyone know its history? For more, see this website. [map]

Orlando:
Florida Hospital Diabetes Center
Orlando Public Library

Pensacola Public Library [gone]
Pensacola, FL
The Pensacola Public Library was built in 1957. An addition was made to the building in 1967. However, these photos from 2010 show details from 1957. In 2014, the library was completely remodeled or rebuilt and these details have been lost. For more, see this website.

City Hall
Pinellas Park, FL
This City Hall was built in 1975. [map]

Pompano Beach:
St. Clairs Cafeteria [vintage]

Sanford Auto Company [gone]
Sanford, FL
The Sanford Auto Company, a repair garage, appeared vacant when these photos were taken in 2009. It was demolished in 2011. The building originally housed Butte Knit Clothing, a manufacturing business. It may have been inspired by the Palacio da Alvorada which was designed by Oscar Niemeyer.

Post Office
Sarasota, FL
This Post Office was designed by Victor Lundy and built in 1964. For more, see this website. [map]

shopping center
Sarasota, FL
This shopping center building was built in 1954. [map]

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Sarasota, FL
The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall was designed by William Wesley Peters and opened in 1969. [map]

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