Florida Citrus Tower

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Florida Citrus Tower
Citrus Tower.JPG
Florida Citrus Tower in 2015
General information
Type Observation tower
Radio broadcasting tower
Location Clermont, Florida
Coordinates 28°33′50″N 81°44′35″W / 28.56389°N 81.74306°W / 28.56389; -81.74306Coordinates: 28°33′50″N 81°44′35″W / 28.56389°N 81.74306°W / 28.56389; -81.74306
Completed 1956
Owner Greg Homan
Height
Antenna spire 500 feet (152 m) above sea level[1]
Roof 226 feet (69 m)
Design and construction
Architect none
Developer A.W.Thacker and F.J.Toole

The Florida Citrus Tower is a 226-foot-tall (69 m) structure built in 1956 in Clermont, Florida.[2] Once the most famous landmark of the Orlando area, it was built to allow visitors to observe the miles of orange groves surrounding it; developments in the citrus industry since its construction have left it providing a view of suburban neighborhoods today. With the antenna reaching over 500 feet (152 m) above sea level, it is the highest observation point in Florida. In early 2015, the Citrus Tower received a new paint job, giving it a new but retro look, with an orange line going down the middle of each side. [3]

The Citrus Tower includes a wishing well, where visitors can hear their coin drop all the way to the bottom, and all proceeds are donated to the Green Isle Children Ranch. A recent addition to the Citrus Tower is their new banquet facility, ROOM: Valencia.

It also includes the Presidents Hall of Fame - a wax exhibition museum in tribute to the 44 Presidents of the United States of America which includes a full scale model replica of the actual interior of the White House.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spreading Out In All Directions, by Lindy T. Shepherd, Orlando Weekly
  2. ^ "Citrus Tower". Emporis. Retrieved October 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ Frommer's Florida '93 by Springer, George McDonald, Marylyn Springer, Don A Schultz

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