“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Orlando in Orange County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)

Orlando’s Round Building

Orlando’s Round Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 27, 2019
1. Orlando’s Round Building Marker
This 20’ Tall pre-cast concrete architectural element is one of the
surviving segments of the 120 pieces that formed the “Brise Soleil” curtain wall
that wrapped around what was known as “Orlando’s Round Building.”
Located on Orange Avenue across from City Hall from 1964 – 2014, this modernist
style building was built for the American Federal Savings and Loan Association.
Architect Robert Murphy, a Harvard graduate and student of Walter Gropius.
(Founder of Bauhaus), designed the building and Frank Sheehy drew the plans.
Jack Jennings was the General Contractor.

The Nils Schweizer Fellows
John Kaiser, Garth Schweizer, Kevin Schweizer, Jerry Uhran, Mark Straite, Carol Hansen, Julie Koran, Dawn Dally, Beverly Brosius, Mike Lindsey and Eric Kleinsteuber would like to thank the following individuals, organizations and companies for their vision and contributions in helping to preserve a part of Orlando’s history and the Mid-Century Modern architecture period:

City of Orlando
Orlando Mayer Buddy Dyer
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4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan
Historic Preservation Officer Richard Forbes

Orange County Government
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs
Orange County Regional History Center
Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs

Rick & Susan Goings
The Grant Family
The McCullen Family
The Family of Robert Murphy

Janet Stone, Cornerstone Construction Services, Inc.
Randy White, White’s Glass & Mirror
John Kaiser, Designage, Inc.

Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNotable Buildings.
Location. 28° 32.55′ N, 81° 22.693′ W. Marker is in Orlando, Florida, in Orange County. Marker is on W Central Blvd, 0.1 miles east of N Court St., on the left. Located within the southeast section of Heritage Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orlando FL 32801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orange County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Lynching of July Perry / Racial Violence in America (within shouting distance of this marker); Orange County 9-11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cathedral Church of Saint Luke (about 700 feet
Orlando’s Round Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, August 27, 2019
2. Orlando’s Round Building Marker
away, measured in a direct line); Rosalind Club (about 800 feet away); Orlando and Tainan, Sister Cities (approx. 0.2 miles away); Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lake Eola Park (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orlando.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 162 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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