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Lakeland in Polk County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Oates Building

 
 
The Oates Building Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
1. The Oates Building Marker
Inscription. The Oates Building is a prime example of Florida "Boom Time" architecture, expressed in the Mediterranean Revival style. Built in 1925 by Mr. Alvah Y. Oates, the building was designed by noted Florida and local architect E.C. Hosford. Originally a show room for the Oates Corley Furniture Company, the building stands as one of the earliest mercantile structures exceeding three stories, and is a recognized landmark of downtown Lakeland.
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 to house functions such as elevator and firestairs thus allowing for the greatest preservation of the historic character of the original building.
 
Location.
The Oates Building NRHP Plaque image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
2. The Oates Building NRHP Plaque
The Oates Building
Built in 1925
Has been placed on the

National Register
of Historic Places


By the United States
Department of the Interior
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. Touch for map. The marker is mounted outside the building's north entrance along South Florida Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 230 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland FL 33801, United States of America.
 
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); Polk County Confederate Monument ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Second Mass. Infantry Camp ( approx. mile away); The Women's Club of Lakeland ( approx. 0.4 miles away); The Sorosis Club Building ( approx. half a mile away); The Frank Lloyd Wright Campus of Florida Southern College ( approx. 0.8 miles 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.)
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
The Oates Building Markers image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
3. The Oates Building Markers
NRHP plaque to the left of the doors and historical marker to the right
The Oates Building image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
4. The Oates Building
View of the north and west sides
The Oates Building image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, December 22, 2011
5. The Oates Building
View of the building's southwest corner
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 12, 2012, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 45 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.
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