Central Florida’s oldest gem: a debate rages on

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Central Florida has a fascinating debate about its “oldest building.”  Two strong contenders vie for the title. The first is the Rogers Building in Orlando, built in 1886. The Queen Anne style structure served as an English Gentlemen’s Club. Today, it’s a hub for art and culture, showcasing Orlando’s transformation from a small citrus town to a bustling metropolis. The second is the Princeton House, also in Orlando. This Victorian farmhouse, built as early as 1882, holds the claim of being Orlando’s oldest home. Constructed by a Civil War veteran, it served as a farmhouse amidst orange and grapefruit groves.

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