The Historic Bank of Everglades Building

Built in 1927

Preserving history for future generations.

The Bank of Everglades building was built in 1927 for Barron Gift Collier, who envisioned an iconic landmark building as the home for the Bank of EvergladesThe Bank remained in the building until 1962, when the business relocated to Immokalee. The building was then used as a rooming house.  

In 1979, the building was purchased by Reba “Rusty” Rupsis, who published the Everglades Echo newspaper in the building until 1990.  After that, it was a Bed & Breakfast by several succeeding owners until it closed in 2017.  The building has remained vacant since that time.

A historic image of the bank in the 1920s.


Damages from Hurricane Irma and erosion from time have taken their toll, but there is hope! In 2020 Bob Flick donated the building to ESHP. A comprehensive structural analysis has been completed, and we are on our way to finalizing the architectural plans that will guide us through the extensive renovation process. 

When the building is restored, it will serve as the permanent location for the Everglades Area Visitor Center and Trail Town Headquarters. Click below to view “Our Vision”.

Bank Building Rendering

Related Documents

Bank of Everglades Brochure (pdf)


BOE Building History 2021 (pdf)


The Mullet Rapper: Bank of Everglades (April 2021) (pdf)


Press Release: Building Clearance (April 2021) (pdf)


Coastal Breeze: Growing Up in Everglades City (April 2021) (pdf)