THE OLD JAILHOUSE

BUILDING HISTORY

BLACKSMITH & WAGON SHOP

CA. 1890 - CA. 1895

THE BUILDING WAS CONSTRUCTED CA. 1890 BY WILLIAM J. HILL, THE FIRST BUILDING SUPPLY OPERATOR IN SANFORD

THE BUILDING IS PART OF THE CITY'S ORIGINAL DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

THE BUILDING ORIGINALLY HOUSED A BLACKSMITH AND WAGON SHOP. NO RECORDS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO DETERMINE THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS

E.E. BRADY LIVERY FEED & SALES STABLES

CA. 1910 - CA. 1914

FROM CA. 1910 THROUGH CA. 1914, THE BUILDING WAS HOME TO THE "E.E. BRADY LIVERY FEED AND SALES STABLES" 

AS AN EARLY CELERY GROWER AND BUSINESS MAN, MR. BRADY WAS A PROMINENT FIGURE IN SANFORD'S HISTORY

 

"E.E. BRADY LIVERY FEED AND SALES STABLES" OFFERED HORSES, BUGGIES AND MULE TEAMS FOR HIRE (THINK OF THIS AS THE EQUIVALENT OF A MODERN-DAY RENTAL CAR AGENCY
 

SEMINOLE COUNTY JAIL

CA. 1914 - CA. 1959

SEMINOLE COUNTY WAS CREATED ON APRIL 25, 1913 BY THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, AND WAS NAMED FOR THE NATIVE SEMINOLE TRIBE, WHO HISTORICALLY LIVED THROUGHOUT THE AREA

IN 1914, THE RECENTLY CREATED SEMINOLE COUNTY ACQUIRED THE BUILDING AND CONVERTED IT FOR USE AS A JAIL. AT THIS TIME, THE PRIOR STOREFRONT WAS ENCLOSED WITH BRICK, CONTAINING A SINGLE ENTRY DOOR WITH TRANSOM, FLANKED BY ARCHED TOP DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS AND IRON JAIL BARS

THE SEMINOLE COUNTY JAIL FUNCTIONED AT THE LOCATION UNTIL 1959

THE ORIGINAL PRISON CELL BLOCK DOOR AND PRISONER LEDGER BOOK ARE ON DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM OF SEMINOLE COUNTY HISTORY

CA. 1959 - CA. 2018

THE BUILDING BECAME HOME TO THE SEMINOLE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND WAS PURCHASED BY THE SANFORD DRY CLEANERS

THE BUILDING SAT VACANT FOR SEVERAL DECADES AFTER THE DRY CLEANERS VACATED

THE SITE WAS PURCHASED IN 2017 AND HAS BEEN REHABILITATED TO HIGHLIGHT THE BUILDING'S PERIOD OF SIGNIFICANCE FROM

CA. 1914-1959

 

SEMINOLE COUNTY

HEALTH DEPARTMENT,

SANFORD DRY CLEANERS,

AND VACANT

ARCHITECTURE

THE BUILDING IS BRICK WITH A DECORATIVE CORNICE THAT HAD BEEN COVERED FOR DECADES

THE ORIGINAL BRICKWORK HAD BEEN COVERED WITH METAL LATH AND STUCCO (DATE UNKNOWN)

PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE REFLECTS THAT THE COVERING OF THE BRICK MAY HAVE BEEN DONE SOMETIME BETWEEN THE MID-1970S TO MID-1980S

THE BUILDING CONTAINS HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL DETAILS, INCLUDING BRICK ARCHWAYS OVER WINDOWS AND DOORS, WOOD DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS, JAIL BARS IN WINDOWS, ORIGINAL ENTRY DOOR AND TRANSOM ON THE WEST FAÇADE (FACING PALMETTO AVENUE), ORIGINAL JAIL BARS IN WINDOW OPENINGS ON THE ORIGINAL BUILDING'S EXTERIOR SOUTH WALL (NOW THE WALL IN THE PIAZZA AREA)

A PAINTED ADVERTISING MURAL EXISTS ON THE NORTH WALL. NOTE THAT THIS MURAL HELPS CONFIRM THE AGE OF THE ADJACENT BUILDING (THE OLD FIREHOUSE), TO HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED PRIOR TO 1890, AND MORE LIKELY SOMETIME AROUND 1886-1887

BEFORE RENOVATION

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO SHOWING WHAT THE OLD JAILHOUSE LOOKED LIKE BEFORE RENOVATION 

 

FEATURED ON WESH NEWS THREE YEARS AGO 

AFTER

RENOVATION

CHECK OUT THIS WITH DAVID MARTIN FEATURED ON FOX 35 NEWS FROM FEBURARY 2019

HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SIRICA FAMILY FOR RECEIVING THE HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD BY THE SANFORD HISTORIC TRUST FOR THE INCREDIBLE DEDICATION THEY HAVE PUT INTO THE PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION EFFORTS OF THE OLD JAILHOUSE

THE SIRICA FAMILY

THE SIRICA FAMILY WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU TO "THE OLD JAILHOUSE" IN SANFORD, FLORIDA

WE ARE A RESTAURANT WHERE TRADITION LIVES THROUGH THREE GENERATIONS OF RESTAURANT OWNERSHIP

 

THROUGH THE HISTORICALLY INSPIRED ATMOSPHERE, OUR PASSION FOR FOOD AND FUN DATES BACK TO THE 1980'S WHEN OUR FAMILY OPENED ITS FIRST BAKERY AND DELI IN ORLANDO, AND WE HAVE BEEN SERVING THE CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA EVER SINCE

 

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR TIME SERVED AT "THE OLD JAILHOUSE"! 

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