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Plant City in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bing Rooming House

 
 
Bing Rooming House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 29, 2019
1. Bing Rooming House Marker
Inscription.  The Bing Rooming House was built in 1928, during the period of Plant City's railroad expansion. This two-story, thirteen-room house is a good example of Frame Vernacular construction, typical of that period, and is decorated with intricate mill work and original wooden beaded-paneled walls. Located in the historically black Lincoln Park neighborhood, locally known as "the Bottom," the Bing House was constructed by the Carey and Walters Company. It was built for Elijah L. Bing Sr. (1872-1955), and his wife Janie Wheeler Bing (1889-1984). Elijah moved to Plant City around 1908 and married Janie in 1917. Anchoring the Laura Street African American Business District, Janie operated the rooming house until 1975, providing overnight accommodations during the era of segregation for various black professionals, including doctors, teachers, entertainers, and Negro League baseball players. The Bings’ descendants deeded the house to the Improvement League of Plant City Community Development Corporation in 1999. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, and was restored with the direct support of the City of Plant City, citizens
Bing Rooming House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, March 29, 2019
2. Bing Rooming House and Marker
of Plant City, and Florida Division of Historical Resources.
 
Erected 2017 by Improvement League of Plant City Community Development Corporation and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-987.)
 
Location. 28° 0.851′ N, 82° 6.959′ W. Marker is in Plant City, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of Allen Street and East Laura Street, on the right when traveling south on Allen Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 Allen Street, Plant City FL 33563, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plant City Union Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Town of Plant City (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plant City High School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Cow Cavalry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Site of Methodist Episcopal Church South (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bealsville (approx. 5.4 miles away); Glover School (approx. 5.4 miles away); 320th Bombardment Group (M) (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plant City.
 
Also see . . .  Bing Rooming House Museum. (Submitted on April 5, 2019.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArchitecture
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 115 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 4, 2019, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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