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

The PICO Block

Erected - 1887

 

114 West First Street

 
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
1. The PICO Block Marker
Inscription. The PICO block was completed about 1887 for Henry B. Plant, President of the Plant Investment Company (PICO) and served as the company offices. The remains of a carriageway may be seen on the west side along Oak Avenue which was originally Railroad Way. The second floor was converted to apartments in 1920 and the building renamed the Welaka Apartments.

The floor plan is ell shaped and the building is constructed of brick with a partial stucco finish. The roof is flat with a parapet. The windows were arched and exterior ornamentation includes a plain cornice and a stringcourse. The ground floor has been altered less than the upper floor and many of the original features are still evident.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places - 1976

 
Erected 1989 by the Sanford Historic Preservation Board.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, Sanford Historic Preservation Board marker series.
 
Location. 28° 48.709′ N, 81° 16.123′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of West First Street and North Oak Street, on the right when traveling west on West First Street. Touch for map. The marker
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By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
2. The PICO Block Marker
is mounted on the corner of the building, facing the sidewalk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 West First Street, Sanford FL 32771, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First National Bank No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Rollins College (within shouting distance of this marker); The First National Bank No. 2 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Henry B. Lord Building (about 300 feet away); The Brumley - Puleston Building (about 300 feet away); The PICO Hotel, Restaurant, and Stores (about 300 feet away); The DeForest Building (about 400 feet away); Sanford Railroad Historical Data (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sanford.
 
Regarding The PICO Block. The PICO Block 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.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The PICO Block Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
3. The PICO Block Marker
The PICO Block image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 30, 2011
4. The PICO Block
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 16, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 16, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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