Historic Markers Across Florida

Brick City Fever

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Location: 3720 SW College Road, Ocala, FL
County: Marion
Coordinates: N 29° 9.049    W 082° 11.04
  29.15081666    -82.184
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Brick City Fever
by artist Cliff Fink

On Thanksgiving Day, November 29th, 1883 fire broke out in Ocala. All of the buildings on the east side of today's SE 1st Avenue from Silver Springs Boulevard to Fort King Street were destroyed. Five blocks of the business district were left in ashes and numerous records were lost, including files containing a great deal of Ocala and Marion County's early history. The rebuilding of the town began almost immediately. Frame buildings were replaced utilizing brick, granite and metal. Within five years, Ocala was identified throughout the state as “The Brick City".

“Brick City Fever" was sculpted by Cliff Fink in honor of our city's heritage for Horse Fever, a public art project produced by the Marion Cultural Alliance which raised $850,000 for charity.

“Brick City Fever" was purchased by Danny Gaekwad at the Horse Fever art auction and dedicated at this location on July 11, 2002 by Mayor Gerald Engle.