It’s been 100 years and five months since the first Seminole Building went up on the southeast corner of 21st Street and 14th Avenue in Vero Beach. That’s the site of the “modern” Seminole Building, home to the Press Journal and our digital news operation, TCPalm, since 2015.
In its first 50 years, the old Seminole Building housed businesses such as Piggly Wiggly, Leyburn’s Firestone, Barrett’s Pool Room, Paul Simmons Dry Goods and one of Vero’s first banks, which went belly up during the Great Depression.
Its second floor included a courtroom. It’s where Canadian and Scotch whisky and moonshine were impounded — before mysteriously disappearing prior to a judge hearing a case during the Prohibition era.
Or so the legend goes.
We’ll continue to focus on the history and centennials of Vero Beach and the Press Journal in the months to come. Both institutions are celebrating their founding in 1919, a year after the Seminole Building opened.
As such, we’re working on a series of special events and projects. The next will be 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, when we host an open house in our second-story Seminole Building office.
You’ll have an opportunity to:
BUY A UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFT OR KEEPSAKE, the 144-page, hardcover, limited edition, coffee-table book: “The Press Journal: 100 years of Covering Indian River County.”
Visuals editor Kelly Rogers and I spent months curating pictures — both old and new — along with front pages from Press Journal archives to show how our news organization told larger and smaller stories and covered community events from 1919 to 2018.
The book includes dozens of pages of color photography. The content is different than past books we’ve published.
Through Dec. 2, you can order books online at a $15 discount at bit.ly/pj100. Or, on Wednesday, you can come to our open house and buy one for $44.95 if you’re a nonsubscriber or get one at the discounted price of $34.95 if you are a subscriber to the Press Journal or TCPalm.
If you already ordered the book and opted to pick it up at the office, Wednesday morning would be a good time to do so.
Our office has been open by-appointment-only since shortly after the newspaper shooting in Annapolis, Maryland. So if you can’t make it Wednesday, you may make an appointment to pick up your book or buy one by calling Cindy Dougan at 772-978-2373 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. She can arrange pickups for other hours.
TALK NEWS COVERAGE with Adam Neal, our editor, and me. Depending on the news cycle, you might be able to chat with several other journalists.
Adam and I will be able to chat about our coverage, local news or anything else that concerns you. We’ll also plan to show you some of the innovative ways we’re covering the news on TCPalm, whether you like your news on your computer, smartphone or tablet.
RENEW OR START A SUBSCRIPTION: Anita Frank and Kathy Wise, the local experts when it comes to our latest deals, delivery issues, billing and more, will be on hand to answer your questions.
HAVE A DOUGHNUT AND SOME COFFEE: Yes, it’s free. It will be an opportunity to celebrate with us our 100th year.
You also can enjoy the bird’s eye view of downtown Vero Beach we enjoy daily, just like Vero pioneers did when the building opened in 1918.
What you might not know is the original Seminole Building was razed in 1968. It was rebuilt as one-story for Anthony’s store.
In 1984, local historic preservationist Bob Brackett acquired the building for his growing Credit Data Services business. The second floor was added in 1999 — designed by Brackett’s brother, Art, to look like the original building and fit in with other historical structures on the block, including the Pocahontas Building across the street.
So come and learn, converse and buy a unique Christmas gift.
See you Wednesday.
The Press Journal and TCPalm will hold an open house 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5 at 2066 14th Ave., Vero Beach.
Attend the open house Dec. 5 to pick up Press Journal centennial books you previously ordered for pickup or order new books. For other pickup times or new orders, call Cindy Dougan at 772-978-2373 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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