American Federal Building

aka Coral Gables Building

Orlando FL

Year Built:1963
Size:66,000





Frank Sheehy worked on the design of this building as a young architect. He worked for Bob Murphy, a Charleston, SC native and Harvard graduate. Bob settled in Orlando in 1947 upon retiring from the Army Air Corps. Educated under Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus school and one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture, the firm he founded still exists today under the name, HuntonBrady architects.
The original building was built in 1963 by Jack Jennings & Sons. Sometime thereafter the upper glass section was added. Update 2008: this building is scheduled for demolition as part of Orlando's new performing arts center. The NMS Fellows hope to persuade city leaders to save the precast concrete curtain wall from the wrecking ball so that private funds can be raised and these pieces re-displayed somewhere in Central Florida as a remembrance to the buildings unique modern design in Orlando's history.