Saturday, October 30, 2010

Florida Citrus Showcase - Winter Haven, Florida

100 Cypress Gardens Boulevard SW - More commonly called the Orange Dome (for obvious reasons), the 1961 Florida Citrus Showcase building is destined for the wrecking ball.  For years the dome and surrounding land was home of the Citrus Festival but that's long gone and the building sees little use and is not really adaptable for any other purposes.  For a number of years the dome was repainted as a baseball since spring training for a couple of teams took place at the stadium behind the dome.  The News Chief had a recent article on the redevelopment of this property.


  1. As a child, I loved the Orange Dome. Of course, it was my favorite color! And there was something fantastic about it looking like a giant orange. Ah! So many changes to the old hometown.

  2. It will be sad to see it go. Winter Haven will be left without any landmarks. My biggest concern is that this new development will be built and then sit there empty like half of the rest of the retail spaces around town. They're building another large shopping center at the intersection of Cypress Gardens Blvd and US27 just down from the mall. Who's approving financing of these projects when retail is in the toilet and there are vacancies everywhere.