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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
Location. 28° 2.516′ N, 81° 57.423′ W. Marker is in Lakeland, Florida, in Polk County. Marker can be reached from South Florida Avenue north of East Orange Street, on the left when traveling south. The marker is mounted outside the building's north entrance along South Florida Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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); Allen Kryger (approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp (approx. ¼ mile away); ‘Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets’ (approx. ¼ mile away); The Women's Club of Lakeland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Camp of The 10th Cavalry, The “Buffalo Soldiers” (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Being a Corley, my father was raised by A. Y. Oates on beautiful Lake Hollingsworth in a unique home with stalagtites and cave-like features. It stood until the late 80s I believe. I would like to know more about my family heritage there. I was born in Lakeland as was my father and most of my family, who were mostly all pilots and contributed much to Lakeland, Florida.
— Submitted February 10, 2022, by Louis Scott Corley of Tampa, Florida.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 636 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 12, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.