Historic Markers Across Florida



First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce



Marker ID: FLHM F-856
Location: 1200 New York Ave., St Cloud, FL
County: Osceola
Coordinates: N 28° 14.810    W 081° 17.017
  28.24683333    -81.28361666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMRP99
 



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First National Bank/St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce


St. Cloud's First National Bank opened in 1910. This narrow, two story Masonry Vernacular structure was built from locally produced sand brick, wood beams, and concrete block. St. Cloud residents subscribed over $100,000 of capital stock, twice as much as required by the United States Comptroller. It was the only national bank in the county, and the level of capital stock raised was unprecedented. In 1911, the bank issued $10 notes with a picture of the bank’s first president, William H. Lynn. Though the bank failed in December 1917, the building remained an important part of downtown St. Cloud. Many diverse community organizations and businesses were housed in the building, including the People's Bank of St. Cloud in 1919, the US. Spanish War Veterans Headquarters in 1934, and the Golden Age Club in 1970. The building was purchased in 1992 by the Chamber of Commerce, which represents over 500 local businesses, and serves as its headquarters. In 1997, the St. Cloud Chamber was awarded a state historic preservation grant to restore the building with support from Florida Secretary of State Sandra Mortham. Following its restoration, the building has also served as a museum devoted to St. Cloud history.




F-856 St. Cloud Main Street,
City of St. Cloud,
Osceola County Economic Development,
and the Florida Department of State
2015