Tycoon's winter Central Florida home begins centennial celebration

Rockefeller's Ormond Beach abode dates to 1913

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - The winter home of Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The Casements begins a yearlong centennial celebration Saturday. The Ormond Beach home was built in 1913 and bought by Rockefeller in 1918.

Rockefeller family historian Peter Johnson tells The Daytona Beach News-Journal that the tycoon was drawn to Ormond Beach for its warmer climate in the hopes of living to 100.

Rockefeller became a fixture in the community and was known as "Neighbor John" until his death at age 97 in 1937.

After Rockefeller's death, the house slowly fell into disrepair through a series of owners. In 1972, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and bought and restored by the city.

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