Old Fernald-Laughton Memorial Hospital
Built in 1910 and today the Florida Hotel, this historic building was once the Fernald-Laughton Memorial Hospital, which operated from 1919-1955. It was built as a home for George Fernald, a native of Boston and co-founder of a hardware company, and his family. After George passed away in 1919, his wife, whose maiden name was Laughton, decided to sell the house to the city so it could become a hospital. It became a boarding house hotel in 1955 and has essentially remained so ever since. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. During the 1980s, there was an effort to close the hotel because it tended to attract transients.
Backstory and Context
Jim Robison. “Evolution of a Grand Old Building: Home to Hospital to Rooming House.” Orlando Sentinel. May 18, 1989. http://www.articles.orlandosentinel.com/1989-05-18/news/8905180158_1_memorial-hospital-laughton-sanf...
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