Originally built as the Harrison-Raney Cotton Exchange in 1836, this brick and granite building was one of several dozen cotton warehouses that once lined the riverfront in downtown Apalachicola, where steamboats brought cotton bales from antebellum Georgia and Alabama to the third largest port on the Gulf Coast. One of only two surviving cotton warehouses from that era, a local resident recognized its cultural and historic significance and restored the structure in the late 1990s. With funding from the Florida Communities Trust, the City of Apalachicola acquired the building in 2005. Today, the Center is an iconic venue in Apalachicola’s historic downtown district. The gallery space presents the work of local, regional and nationally recognized artists to both locals and tourists.
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