Stone Block Building, Fort Myers

Stone Block Building

Stone Block Building

Stone Block Building

Stone Block Building

Stone Block Building

     This building is located at the corner of First Street and Hendry St, Fort Myers.  It was built in 1905 by Dr. Benjamin Matheson. It was the home of the First National Bank and the Leon Hotel.  The structure was constructed of pressed concrete blocks.

     In 1912,  Peter Tonnelier purchased the building.   He remodeled the structure to include Mediterranean, Egyptian, and Moroccan motifs.

     This building is one of the structures that surround the area known as Patio de leon.

    Currently, the building now houses retail and apartments

Richards Building

Richard Building

Richard Building

  This building is located at 1615 Hendry Street Fort Myers.  This was originally known as the Phythian Building.  It was built for Albertus A. Bertie Gardner in 1924.  It was a four story Italianate Style Structure.  It was the first building in Fort Myers with an elevater.    

     It was purchased in 1945 by R.Q. Richards.  It was renamed the Richards Building.

     It is currently operates as rental property.

Robb and Stucky Building

Robb and Stucky Building

     This building is located at 1625 Hendry Street.  Virgil Robb and W.R. Lee opened a general merchandise store in Fort Myers in 1915.  They were later joined by Harry Stucky.  Lee left the company in 1925.  

     The store was moved into a four story brick building at 1625 Hendry Street. The building had showrooms and a warehouse.  The company grew and expanded.  They moved out of the Hendry Street Building in the 1960’s.

     The company filed  for bankruptcy in 2011.  In the same year, the family of Samuel Kuo purchased the brand and intellectual properties.  The new first showroom opened in 2012.  The company grew and flourished.

    The old Robb and Stucky Building currently operates as rental property.

Robb and Stucky

Heitman Evans Building, Fort Myers

     The Heitman Evans Building is located at 2235 First Street, Fort Myers.   In the early 1900’s, Harvie Heitman convinced Edward  Evans (a former mayor of Fort Myers) to join him in creation of the Heitman Evans Company.  This was to be a hardware and sporting goods store.  Evans was to be the manager; Heitman the silent partner.  Heitman spent $40,000 on the building.   It was three stories.   His goal was to build the most modern hardware store in America.      The building was orange in color.  It had 12 inch thick walls.   It featured an Otis elevator.

The building is now a rental facility for lawyers and other professionals.

Heitman-Evans Building

Heitman-Evans Building

Heitman–Evans Building

Riverfront Warehouse, Fort Myers

The Firestone

The Firestone

The Firestone

his four story warehouse at 2224 Bay Street, Fort, Myers was built in 1925. For several years, it was used as a fish processing facility. During the Depression, the building was abandoned.

It was used in 1946 by the Dew Drop Inn. Over the years, it has by used by multiple dining and entertainment operations.

The Firestone


The Firestone