Tycoon's winter Central Florida home begins centennial celebration
Rockefeller's Ormond Beach abode dates to 1913
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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