Abandoned Glass Bank of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
In November of 2014, we photographed the abandoned Glass Bank in Cocoa Beach, Florida. To create each panoramic image we used a Canon EOS 6D with a Sigma 8mm fisheye lens, Autopano Giga 3.7 by Kolor and Adobe Photoshop CS3. To create the immersive virtual tour and virtual reality experience we connected the panoramic images with the BETA version of Panotour Pro V.2.5.0 RC2 we are currently testing. You can see the virtual tour using the Panotour Pro software below.
The virtual tour is best viewed in fullscreen. You can fully immerse yourself into the virtual tour if you have a pair of virtual reality headsets such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR or similar headset.
Abandoned Glass Bank History
While known to many as the Glass Bank building in Cocoa Beach, the structure originally opened under the name “First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cocoa, Cocoa Beach Branch.” It was constructed throughout 1960-1961 and opened in April 1962. The Sky Room restaurant opened the same year and closed a year later.
In 1963 Ramon’s Rainbow room opened in the penthouse. Ramon’s Rainbow room was a restaurant and night club which regularly hosted national politicians, astronauts and Hollywood celebrities. Known for its great tasting food and atmosphere the Rainbow room was a popular hangout until closing in 1970. The top floor was home to another restaurant, Marby’s Rainbow Room from 1970 till 1972.
In 2004 the Space-Aged building was severely damaged by Hurricane Frances causing the lower tenants, Huntington Bank on the first floor, and Atlantic Nautilus on the middle floors to vacate. The penthouse owner Frank Wolfe decided to say. Despite the lower floors being heavily damaged with broken windows, leaky walls, mold and asbestos, Wolfe’s penthouse apartment was in immaculate condition, with running water and electricity.
Later in 2014 the city approved demolition on the building and was completed in 2015.
View the decaying lobby of the old Huntington Bank using Google Maps Street View.
For more information about the history of the Glass Bank in Cooca Beach you should read this article on SometimesInteresting.com