Historic Downtown Orlando

Historic Downtown Orlando
Sara Reynolds

First National Bank

In the heart of downtown Orlando stands a structure that is both a testament to the city’s history and a stunning example of architectural elegance–the First National Bank Building, located at 190 South Orange Avenue/1 West Church Street. Standing humbly among the giants of the city–next to the former Suntrust Center and just a quick stroll away from the Truist building–First National Bank holds its own as the focal point of these two Orlando landmarks.

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Tinker Building
Historic Downtown Orlando
Sara Reynolds

The Tinker Building

Sports in Downtown Orlando are dominated by big names like the Orlando Magic and the Orlando City Soccer Club, both with equally domineering spaces like the Amway Center–which can host upwards of 20,000 people–and Exploria Stadium four blocks away in the historic Parramore neighborhood. But an unassuming building at 16-18 West Pine Street, known as the Tinker Building, has an equally legendary status in the world of sports and in the history of our beloved city.

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Historic Downtown Orlando
Sara Reynolds

The Beacham

Nestled in the heart of Orlando, the Beacham Theater stands as a testament to the city’s vibrant entertainment history. Constructed in 1921 by Braxton Beacham Sr., this iconic venue has witnessed decades of performances, from vaudeville stars in the 1920s to iconic musicians like B.B. King, Ray Charles, and The Police. Today, operating as The Beacham, the venue has evolved into a thriving nightclub and live music destination. Its journey from a theater to a modern entertainment destination has been a rich tapestry of history and cultural significance.

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Metcalf Building
Historic Downtown Orlando
Sara Reynolds

The Angebilt Hotel

The Angebilt Hotel at 37 N Orange Ave now houses The Bellhop and Parlay on the ground floor and has offices on its other floors. But it’s history is filled with drama: financial trouble, natural disasters, celebrities, and more. No wonder it has lasted in Orlando for 100 years.

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Metcalf Building
Historic Downtown Orlando
Nikki Aviles

Metcalf Building

The Metcalf Building on the southwest corner of Orange Ave and Pine St. has historic significance for Orlando and maintains its relevance today. The building was constructed in 1923 for the Orlando Federal Savings and Loan Association. It then housed the Orlando Bank & Trust Company, which failed in 1932 amidst the Great Depression. Real estate investor Henry W. Metcalf purchased the building in 1930 for $125,000.

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The Rogers Building during renovation.
Historic Downtown Orlando
Nikki Aviles

Rogers-Kiene Building

Much of Orlando’s history has been shaped by immigrants and out-of-towners. Joseph Bumby, who started Orlando’s first hardware store, came from England. Gertrude Sweet was born in New Orleans, and a New Yorker was responsible for the city’s first public library. Joining the mix is Gordon Rogers, an Englishman who came to Orlando in 1886. Rogers was responsible for one of the most distinctive and iconic buildings in downtown Orlando–the Rogers-Kiene building.

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Gertrude's Walk
Historic Downtown Orlando
Nikki Aviles

Gertrude’s Walk

Gertrude Sweet. Born in New Orleans in 1862, she moved to Orlando in the 1870s, joining two brothers and one sister who had already made the move. And that decision would impact the City Beautiful, as Gertrude would become the namesake for Gertrude’s Walk

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Albertson Orlando Public Library
Historic Downtown Orlando
Nikki Aviles

The Orlando Public Library

Captain Charles Albertson a self-described book lover and snowbird from New York, was largely responsible for creating the City of Orlando’s first public library.

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Jack Kazanzas Christmas star
Historic Downtown Orlando
Nikki Aviles

Jack Kazanzas | Christmas Star

In 1955 two of Orlando’s largest department stores put competition aside and worked together to shine a light on the community during the holidays.

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Historic Downtown Orlando
Innocom Agency

Kress Store

Kress Store | 15 W. Church Street & 124 S. Orange Avenue November 2022 The Kress building is an L-shaped Orlando landmark with frontage at

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