This building was built in 1895 as a masonic hall. Masonic Halls served as a lodge or meeting place for Freemasonry.
Artist Joyce Ballantine-Brand lived in an upstairs apartment for more than 30 years. She featured her three year old daughter in the famous advertisement for the Coppertone Company in 1959. Below is a photo of the ad.
This downtown historic walking tour is an Ocala Main Street project sponsored in part by the Department of State, Division of Historical Resources and the State of Florida.