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By Avanti Joglekar
Posted in Customer Engagement
In the heart of Orlando's downtown is the Church Street District, which dates back to the 1800s.
Way back when, the part of the district known as Church Street Station was actually a train station, known today as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot.
A store called Bumby Hardware served as the first depot when the railroad came to Orlando in 1880. As Orlando grew to become one of Florida's major cities, the brick depot was dedicated in 1890. Additional historic landmarks such as the Kress Building and the Nicholson-Coyler Building can be found along Church Street.
The Kress Building is one of the few true Art Deco structures in Orlando. Edward F. Sibbert of New York -- the official architect for the S.H. Kress Company -- designed the Orlando Kress and more than 50 other Kress stores between 1929 and 1944. Established in 1896, the chain of S. H. Kress & Co. 5-10-25 cent stores was a familiar sight on "Main Streets" in hundreds of cities throughout the first half of the 20th century.
The Nicholson-Colyer Building, located at 27-35 W. Church Street, is a two-story late Victorian commercial structure. Since it was built in 1911, the building has been a bakery, dry goods store, drug store, and tailor store. It was built for J. A. Colyer, the only black land owner businessman in downtown Orlando during that time period, along with J. E. Nicholson, a baker from Canada.
By 1985, Church Street Station became the fourth largest tourist attraction in Florida after Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens.
Today, the Church Street District is a revitalized part of downtown Orlando with an eclectic mix of dining, sports, live entertainment, nightspots and theatre.
Why not visit the mix of arts, food, entertainment and history while you're in Orlando for Engage19?
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