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Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores

Erected - 1887

 

— 209 North Oak Avenue
200 North Park Avenue —

 
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1. The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores Marker
Inscription.  Built as a hotel in 1887 for Henry B. Plant, President of the Plant Investment Co. (PICO), the PICO Building served as a terminal hotel for the railroads and two river steamers owned by Plant that served Sanford. The architect was W.T. Cotter of Sanford and the builder was the H.M. Papworth Construction Company. It resembled another of Plant's hotels, the Tampa Bay Hotel.

The architectural style is Turkish. It was built of brick to look like a Turkish palace or mosque. The windows have horseshoe and ogee arches. A decorative bartizan tower still remains, but it's original onion shaped dome has been removed. The floor plan is rectangular with a hipped roof and a facade parapet.

Immediately adjacent to and east on Commercial Street and fronting on Park Avenue, is the PICO Restaurant and Stores building, also constructed in 1887. It is a plain brick and stucco structure whose purpose was to support the hotel. The restaurant and stores were on the ground floor. The second floors had rooms available and functioned as a part of the hotel.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places - 1976
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2. The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores Marker

 
Erected 1989 by the Sanford Historic Preservation Board.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Florida - Sanford Historic Preservation Board series list.
 
Location. 28° 48.757′ N, 81° 16.105′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is on East Commercial Street east of North Oak Avenue, on the left when traveling east. The marker is mounted on the corner of the building, facing Commercial Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 209 North Oak Avenue, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The PICO Block (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Brumley - Puleston Building (about 400 feet away); The First National Bank No. 1 (about 400 feet away); Rollins College (about 400 feet away); The DeForest Building (about 400 feet away); The First National Bank No. 2 (about 400 feet away); The N.P. Yowell and the Garner-Woodruff Buildings (about 500 feet away); The Henry B. Lord Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
Regarding The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores.
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3. The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores Marker
The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores Building is not listed individually with the National Register of Historic Places. In the NRHP listing cited by the marker, the building is designated one of several Contributing Properties within the Sanford Commercial District, a National Historic District.
 
Also see . . .  The Tampa Bay Hotel. The PICO Building's design resembles the design of Henry Plant's masterpiece, the Tampa Bay Hotel, now a National Historic Landmark. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
4. The PICO Building
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5. The PICO Building
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
6. The PICO Building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 640 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 17, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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