The landmark Olde Naples Building at the corner of Third Street South and Broad Avenue South in the city is undergoing renovations after sitting idle for three years.
The building, there since 1921 and one of the last remaining truly historic structures in the city’s self-proclaimed historic district, has hosted Naples’ pioneering development company, city government, a library, church, movie theater, art galleries and much more.
Its last incarnation was as a cheese and wine shop, Fantozzi’s.
A spokesman for the owners says there are no specific plans for the building’s future as crews clean out and sort through the aging interior to see what those old bones could support.
The good news is an icon remains standing and is, at least so far, unlikely to be razed.
Further, although everyday citizens have little say over what takes place with the landmark, now we know to be watching — and we will be.
While our community is not as defensive and feisty as it used to be about losing landmarks, we do retain a sense of history about the structures that really matter, and the Olde Naples Building is one of them.