Vulcan Florida Executive Office

Vulcan relocated its executive offices to West Palm Beach, Florida, in June 1964. To begin with they rented space at 4303 Broadway Avenue in West Palm Beach. Two years later, in late June 1966, Vulcan opened its own office at 2725 N. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach.  The architect who designed the office was Robert H. Braido.

The manufacturing facility remained in Chattanooga. Today, with email, next day courier service, videoconferencing and collaborative web work, its easy to envision the operation of a company this small and this far flung at the same time. However, in 1966 Vulcan had to use the postal service, expensive long distance phone service, telex and a very slow fax (sometimes) to communicate. The fact that Vulcan ran as smoothly as it did is a tribute to the way in which the company was managed. Vulcan was managed from the Australian Avenue office through many of its years in the offshore industry, which was an is an international business.

To celebrate the opening, they held an open house. Below are some photos from that event.

Some photos of the office itself.  Most of these were taken by Sam R. Quincey of West Palm Beach, FL.

2725 N. Australian Ave. Today

History is full of ironies and the fate of this office is one of them. This office was closed and the building sold when the executive offices were reconsolidated (in part) to Chattanooga in 1978.

Since then it has had several tenants but the current one is Clear Lake Animal Hospital, and before that the Liggett Animal Hospital. During most of the years Vulcan had the Australian Avenue office the Warringtons had an Applehead Siamese cat named Buff (shown at left.) The Liggett Animal Hospital (located up Broadway from the original Florida office) was Buff’s vet and Buff hated to go to the vet. Doubtless Buff would be giving a reaction like the one shown if he knew where the Liggett Animal Hospital was today.

If you’re a cat lover and want to learn more about Buff, click here. (Buff’s photo by Bernice Ransom Studios, Palm Beach.)

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