A prominent feature of the Cocoa Beach skyline was razed to the ground in 2015. The Glass Bank stood looming over A-1-A since its construction in the early 1960s, a futuristic homage to the Space Age going on just up the road at nearby Cape Canaveral. Over the next five days we look back at the building and its destruction.
A promotional postcard from the early 1960s shows the building at its best.
The top floor featured a restaurant with panoramic views, especially of rocket launches from the Cape and Kennedy Space Center. Opening first as the Sky Room, it became the famous Ramon’s Rainbow Room where astronauts came to dine.
By 2015 the building has fallen into disrepair due to repeated bouts with hurricanes and neglect all enhanced by the lurid story of the suicide of its penthouse dwelling occupant who had turned the old top floor restaurant into a windowless lair.
The old bank drive-thru.
The time has come to tear the building down.