Banking on the Past, Saving for the Future: The Legacy of Barron Collier's Bank of Everglades
Now - August 27, 2021
Weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday | 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This new exhibit celebrates the Bank of Everglades building—a grand neo-classical structure erected by Barron Collier in 1926. It was the only bank in Collier County for almost 40 years. The exhibit details the history of the institution, including its two previous (and far less impressive) homes and the bank’s 1962 relocation to Immokalee, as well as the businesses that later occupied the space. The local effort to save and restore the structure by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and the possible ways the preserved structure might serve the community in the future will also be explored. The exhibit seeks to underscore the role that both the building and the business of the bank have played and will continue to play in the story of Everglades City. Contributions by local students—winning submissions from a creative response contest offered by the museum and its support group—will be included, lending a unique, multigenerational quality to the presentation.