Everglades Laundry - Everglades City FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 25° 51.438 W 081° 23.152
17R E 461337 N 2859938
Quick Description: The building was constructed in 1927 to house a commercial laundry operation.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 3/18/2019 6:47:39 AM
Waymark Code: WM10811
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 2

Long Description:
The building was constructed in 1927 to house a commercial laundry operation. The building has local significance as part of the original infrastructure and operation of the Town of Everglades, a planned community and company town developed by businessman Baron Gift Collier near the tip of the Florida peninsula during the 1920s. The laundry, as well as many of the other buildings in the town, was designed by architect William O. Sparklin of Fort Myers, and the Sparklin-Gift Construction Company supervised its construction. The Collier Company leased the laundry to several people, including T. M. Sellars and then
Christopher and Lois Ayers. Employees included various members of the Echols family. For nearly fifteen years, the business laundered the clothing of residents, Collier's employees, and even Collier's personal clothing while he was living in Florida. The laundry closed during World War II because of a lack of personnel, and was briefly used as an office, by the Civilian Air Patrol, and then as a woman's club. In 1988, the woman's club conveyed the property to County of Collier, which completed the rehabilitation of the building for use as the Museum of the Everglades in 1997.

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Street address:
Everglades City
Everglades City,


County / Borough / Parish: Collier

Year listed: 2001

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Commerce/Trade

Current function: Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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