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

Patterson Retail Building

Circa 1916

 
 
Patterson Retail Building Circa 1916 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
1. Patterson Retail Building Circa 1916 Marker
Inscription. Nearly all of the early commercial buildings in Auburndale were constructed from wood. As a result, three fires destroyed the heart of Auburndale's business sector in 1912, 1913, and 1915. The fire of 1913 was magnified by a great explosion that occurred when flames engulfed a large cache of dynamite. In response to the disaster, Mayor E. S. Anderson appointed a committee to draft a fire zone ordinance requiring fire resistant structures within the downtown commercial district. Because of this requirement, John Patterson, an active member of Auburndale's early business community, constructed the Patterson Retail Building in 1916 using masonry building techniques. The Masonary Vernacular building is an example of the style that became more common for commercial buildings of the 1920's. The Patterson Retail Building has been home to at least two drug stores and a professional office.
 
Erected 2011 by City of Auburndale, Auburndale Community Redevelopment Agency, Auburndale Historic Preservation Commission, Centennial Celebration Committee.
 
Location. 28° 3.928′ N, 81° 47.307′ W. Marker is in Auburndale, Florida, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of North Bartow Avenue (State Road 559) and Main Street
Patterson Retail Building Circa 1916 Marker shown on building front image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 24, 2014
2. Patterson Retail Building Circa 1916 Marker shown on building front
, on the right when traveling north on North Bartow Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 E Park St, Auburndale FL 33823, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Flatiron" Triangle Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Bayard Retail Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Auburndale City Hall (about 400 feet away); Seaboard Air Line Rail Depot (about 400 feet away); Ephraim M. Baynard House (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Ephraim M. Baynard House (approx. 0.2 miles away); City's First Fire Engine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Cummings (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburndale.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 20, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 20, 2016, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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