The DeForest Block

The DeForest Block (HM1017)

Location: Sanford, FL 32771 Seminole County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 48.696', W 81° 16.03'

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Erected - 1887

— 121 East First Street —

The DeForest Block, built in 1887, was Mr. Henry L. DeForest's first brick building in the downtown commercial district. It is one of the oldest brick buildings in Sanford and the only one that survived the disastrous fire of 1887. One of the original occupants was a grocery store. It has also been called the Seminole Bank Building after another of its early occupants.

The architectural style is Beaux-Arts Classicism with a rectangular floor plan and a flat roof with parapet. There is an elaborate metal classical cornice at the roof and segmental pediments over the windows. There is also a stringcourse and visible division of bays at the side. The building has been covered with a light coat of stucco but the original details have not been lost.

The eastern half of the building underwent some significant alterations in 1917 when it became the Seminole County Bank. These included adding corner brackets on the cornice, covering the recessed panels of the frieze and installing engaged panels on the facade which have since been removed. Additional alterations occurred in 1941.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places - 1976
HM NumberHM1017
Series This marker is part of the Florida: Sanford Historic Preservation Board series
Year Placed1989
Placed ByThe Sanford Historic Preservation Board
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 6:03pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 473930 N 3187142
Decimal Degrees28.81160000, -81.26716667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 48.696', W 81° 16.03'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 48' 41.76" N, 81° 16' 1.80" W
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Area Code(s)407
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 121 E 1st St, Sanford FL 32771, US
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