Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Oates Building
As home until 1967 to the renamed Oates Furniture Company, the Oates Building remained architecturally unaltered through the 1980's until it became vacant and was damaged by water intrusion and fire. The building was purchased by Jerry Herring, rehabilitated and placed back in service in 1994, with the significant architectural detailing restored. This includes the restoration of the exterior of the building and the colonnaded walkway, the wrought iron chandeliers, light fixtures, and railing, and the preservation of the atrium and corresponding mezzanine. The windows were restored to their original design. A service addition was built on the north wall of the building to house functions such as elevator and firestairs thus allowing for the greatest preservation of the historic character of the original building.
Location. Click for map. The marker is mounted outside the building's north entrance along South Florida Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polk Theatre and Office Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Munn Park Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Munn Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Polk County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); The Women's Club of Lakeland (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sorosis Club Building (approx. half a mile away); The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lakeland.
Regarding The Oates Building. The Oates Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 (# 95000925).
Also see . . . The Oates Building page on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 12, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.