Daytona Beach Bandshell

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Daytona Beach Bandshell
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Daytona Beach Bandshell
Daytona Beach Bandshell is located in Volusia County
Daytona Beach Bandshell
Located in Volusia County, Florida
Location Daytona Beach, Florida
Coordinates 29°13′53″N 81°00′33″W / 29.23139°N 81.00917°W / 29.23139; -81.00917Coordinates: 29°13′53″N 81°00′33″W / 29.23139°N 81.00917°W / 29.23139; -81.00917
Built 1936-37
Architect Alan J. MacDonough
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body City of Daytona Beach
MPS Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission
NRHP Reference # 99000159[1]
Added to NRHP March 5, 1999

The Daytona Beach Bandshell is an amphitheatre located in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It is located at Ocean Avenue, north of the junction of Main Street and Atlantic. On March 5, 1999, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. On April 18, 2012, the AIA's Florida Chapter placed the Daytona Beach Bandshell on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[2]

This property is part of the Daytona Beach Multiple Property Submission to the National Register.

History[edit]

Back in the 1920s, this area was considered to be run-down by Daytona Beach citizens. There were civic discussions how to improve it.

In 1936, WPA workers began construction on this community-use project that was to cost Daytona Beach $84,000, the federal government $184,000, and be completed in 1938. Originally known as "Broadwalk," common usage gradually changed the name to the boardwalk.

The first facility constructed was the 48 foot by 114 foot natural coquina rock bandshell which seats 4,500. This was begun in September, 1936, and was completed in time for the first program to be presented on July 4, 1937. Open air concerts, as well as other programs, are still presented in the bandshell. The other structures in the boardwalk area are a clock tower, kiosk, concession facilities, restrooms, subway entrances (now closed), and an elevated walk from Earl to Ora Streets.[3]

The City Band of Daytona Beach under Dr. Everett Allyn Moses, began in 1947. They gave summer concerts in the lovely Band Shell on the Broad Walk, and winter concerts at the city recreation hall. Dr. Moses also organized a Junior Orchestra. Both of these bands were taken over direction by William P. Scheuler after Dr. Moses retired in 1952.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places
  3. ^ Historic Daytona Beach (pamphlet), The Halifax Historical Society, 1992.
  4. ^ Centennial History of Volusia County 1854-1954, Volusia County Historical Commission

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