All in the Details: Designing A 100-Year-Old Building

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

We have another small detail to share with you as the work on constructing Disney Springs here at Walt Disney World Resort continues.

As we’ve shared previously, the story for Disney Springs is that it’s a turn-of-the-century town that sprung up around the lovely Disney Springs – and our Walt Disney Imagineers have gotten very
creative in how they’re building a town of the past, right here at Walt Disney World.

Brick Wall

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This week we’re sharing a peek at what will soon be The Market Building, a brick building that,
according to the Disney Springs storyline, was constructed in the year 1913. Originally there were two identical market stall structures that faced each other. A few years later a metal roof with large brick gable ends were added, connecting the two structures together into one building.
Seat wall planters with palms, a bronze fountain and chandeliers are a few of the features that were added to the interior of the building.

Our Imagineers designed the building using an “American Bond” or “Common Bond” pattern, which was common for brick structures built in Florida during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. To enhance the pattern, the header brick bands are a deeper red color and protrude out a half inch. The brick corbeling and layered arches create visual interest and authenticity. And if you look closely at the entry ways, you might notice another fun detail – eight large, iron corner guards fabricated by “Buena Vista Steel.”


  • Looks and sounds wonderful,what will the buildings be used for?

  • I love this idea! I really enjoy architecture and old buildings, and the detail and attention to historical accuracy being put into the buildings at Disney Springs will make it a joy just to walk around and take it all in. Not to mention the shopping and eating, a bonus.The artisans working on these projects are truly gifted. Thank You Disney for always going the extra mile!

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