One of downtown Orlando’s most recognizable buildings, if you like neon signs, will be getting a complete restoration thanks to the owner of United Trophy and Awards.

Located at 610 North Orange Avenue [GMap], the 90-year-old, 22,000 SF Art Deco building has been home to United Trophy, its longest tenant, since 1968.

New owner Lamont Garber, purchased the business and the property for $3.7 million – which we wrote about HERE. Garber has identified the following priorities in the building’s restoration work.

  • To repair the original frame and install a new canopy with brushed nickel, modern lighting, windows, stucco and door framing.
  • To repair and preserve the building’s original neon lights and tile.
  • To install vintage vitrolite structural glass, gathered from other old structures to match the new building’s colors while maintaining authenticity.
  • The entire building will be painted to complement its Art Deco style.
  • Once the restoration is complete, a new custom sign will be installed.

To ensure all architectural features remain intact, United Trophy is working closely with the City of Orlando’s Appearance Review Board during the updating process.

Garber, who also bought the State Auto Building in Winter Park which now houses Foxtail Coffee, Foxtail Farmhouse, Create Your Nature, and the Bear and Peacock Brewstillery, plans to bring the same recipe of outdoor/indoor social space to the United Trophy building with some new retail taking over some of the building that is no longer in use.

United Trophy will continue to operate out of the building but with a smaller footprint.

The renovations are already underway and are scheduled to be completed by early 2020.

Brendan O'Connor

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