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Gaze at Grand Architecture

 #77:  Gaze at Grand Architecture While Attending An Event

Excerpt from “100 Things to do in Fort Myers & Sanibel Before You Die” by Nancy Hamilton:

When you see a building of Neoclassical Revival architecture with massive columns in south Florida, you know there has to be an interesting history to match the grandeur.  The site upon which the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center stands in the downtown River District was originally a Native American Calusa settlement.  It later housed soldiers in Fort Myers during the Civil War.  In 1933, it became a United States Post Office and later a federal courthouse.  When the government built a new courthouse, the abandoned building fell into disrepair.  In 2003 a project to bring back the old splendor created a modern arts facility.  The center hosts art exhibits, lecture series, a film festival, a fashion show, education festivals, concerts and other special events year-round.

Insider’s Tip:  When touring the building, head upstairs to see handprints from its 1933 construction.  No one knows why, but each hand has six fingers!

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.  More information can be found at or by calling 239-333-1933.


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