Landis-Fish Building

2002 Photos by Jack Carpenter

Landis-Fish Building Renovation

110 West Indiana Avenue

DeLand, Florida

 Wm. J. Carpenter AIA    Architect 1924

Wm. J. Carpenter, AIA was responsible for this renovation design which turned a small office building built in 1905 into spacious law offices for one of  Florida’s oldest law firms.  It was originally designed and constructed for Cary C. Landis and Bert Fish, whose law partnership lasted for many years.  By the 1920s more space was needed, and Mr. Carpenter was commissioned in 1924 to design a second story addition and modernize the downstairs lobby and offices.  The results of this work are recorded in several media accounts:

 The above  article in The Volusian  is the only attribution to Wm. J. Carpenter as the architect of this building that I have found in my research.


As reported in The Beacon March 4-7, 2004:

“Historic DeLand Law Office is Sold….

…The 102-year-old Landis and Fish building has been sold to a financial planner who intends to move from his Winter Park office into the Downtown DeLand landmark.

Scott D. Mason of Sterling Capital Management, intends to occupy the first floor of the building at 110 W. Indiana Ave.  He’ll rent out the second story…

His plans to restore the building to its original design cheer Sallly Landis Bohon, president of the West Volusia Historical Society and granddaughter of one of the original building owners, Cary D. Landis…”

The renovation was completed in 2007 and continues to be occupied as offices, with Sterling Capital Management  occupying the second story. It has been recognized by the West Volusia County Historical Society and awarded a Historic Plaque.

Statement of Significance from Florida Site Survey:

“…This two-story masonry vernacular commercial building is located at 109 West Indiana Avenue.  It has a flat roof with a decorative corbelled frieze above a second story overhang.  The second story windows have segmental brick arches with keystones and are framed by one quarter drop surrounds.  The first story has a plate glass window and a panel store front with two recessed entranceways under a wooden overhang on turned posts.

 This building is one of the oldest buildings in DeLand.  It was built after April, 1885 and before September of 1886… ” (it is noted that the site survey does not recognize the major renovation of 1924 which effectively preserved this building into the 21st century.)

From Wm. J. Carpenter The DeLand Architect, Jack Carpenter Copyright 2003. Unpublished.


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