The Firestone Building
Built in 1929, the Firestone building is one of Orlando's unique landmarks. Designed by Francis Kennard & Sons with Art Deco and cathedral-like elements, the building features long canopies, a decorative parapet, and the luxurious tower and lantern. It was built by Harvey Firestone, the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, which would become one of the world's largest maker of car tires. The building was constructed during the period when cars were romanticized and before they came to be seen in a more negative light as causes of pollution and traffic jams. The building today is home to a successful nightclub called Venue578. Famous artists such as Snoop Dog and the Indigo Girls have performed here.
Backstory and Context
"Venue578 History." Accessed April 6, 2017. http://venue578.com.