St. Cloud in Osceola County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hunter Arms Hotel
Following World War I, the United States economy was thriving. Florida’s population skyrocketed as cheap land, combined with the improved roads and railways, drew northern tourists and developers to the state. In 1925, Ohio mausoleum builder Grover C. Hunter sought to take advantage of the trends and traveled to St. Cloud. By 1926, he hired Ohio architect Harlan Jones to design a hotel and Ohio contractor W.A. Steffle to build it. This construction forced the relocation of the existing Bon Air hotel and the demolition of the Peckham Building, nicknamed the “New York Stores.” The initial cost was estimated at $100,000, but rose to $250,000 when work began. Jones designed it in the Mediterranean Revival style. His intention was to create what was locally known as a “Spaniflora” atmosphere, which was popular in early St. Cloud. Other businesses on New York Avenue had incorporated similar design elements. The original exterior of the hotel featured walls built of brick and steel, and finished with gray stucco. The “Spaniflora” elements extended to the interior with Spanish tile floors, a coquina
Erected 2017 by St. Cloud Main Street, City of St. Cloud, Osceola County Commissioner Fred Hawkins, Jr. and the Florida
Location. 28° 14.906′ N, 81° 17.008′ W. Marker is in St. Cloud, Florida, in Osceola County. Marker is on New York Avenue just south of 10th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1029 New York Avenue, Saint Cloud FL 34769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugar Belt Railway/VFW Post (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Grand Army of the Republic Building (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial Library (about 400 feet away); First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce (about 600 feet away); The Thunderstorm Project (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton Disston Sugar Plantation (approx. 1.3 miles away); Osceola County (approx. 8.3 miles away); Historic St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Cloud.
Also see . . . Hunter Arms Hotel. (Submitted on August 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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