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The History of the W.H. Gardener Building

 
 
History of the W.H. Gardener Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 31, 2022
1. History of the W.H. Gardener Building Marker
Inscription.  The story of the WH Gardiner building began in the early 1900's when the nationally renowned photographer William H. Gardiner moved to Daytona to escape the winters on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Gardiner was best known for his hand-tinted photographs which brought color to what had traditionally been only black and white photos. Each photo was inscribed with the title and Gardiner's signature "W.H. Gardiner" in pencil. Many of Daytona's early photos were taken by Gardiner.

William Gardner purchased what is today 208 S. Beach Street around 1900 to open his photography studio and later purchased the neighboring building (212-214 S. Beach). In 1920, he combined both buildings to increase his retail square footage to include Kodak products. Gardner continued to provide photographic services and supplies from this studio retail space until his death in 1935.

This structure is a fine example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, a popular style during the roaring 1920's.
 
Erected by White Star Properties.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings
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. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 29° 12.592′ N, 81° 1.1′ W. Marker is in Daytona Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on South Beach Street south of East Magnolia Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach FL 32114, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 224 South Beach Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Ivey's Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Jackie Robinson Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Merchants Bank Building (about 500 feet away); Baseball Legend (about 500 feet away); Wendell Smith And Billy Rowe (about 500 feet away); Civil Rights Pioneer (about 500 feet away); Hall Of Famer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Daytona Beach.
 
History of the W.H. Gardener Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, December 31, 2022
2. History of the W.H. Gardener Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 200 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 31, 2022, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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