Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 5, Spring 2009

Dr. Phillips Legacies, Volume 5, Spring 2009

by:
jtracy
August 22, 2017


As a citrus pioneer, Doc Phillips quickly came to understand that the citrus industry was very cyclical. Part of the year was hectic with the demands of the industry including planting and harvesting and part was very slow. As a result, good employees who were kept on staff during the busy times were let go during the slow times. Doc recognized that he was losing talented people during these downturns and was determined to find a way to keep them employed all year.

Doc decided to solve this problem by having his company construct commercial and industrial buildings on existing properties that would not grow citrus, and also construct new buildings on other properties that had been acquired to support the citrus business. This construction would provide employment opportunities for citrus workers in the slow times and the completed buildings would be leased out to provide additional income to the company.

In the early 1920s Dr. Phillips Inc. began the business of building and leasing commercial and industrial buildings on its properties. One of the first to be built was the Dr. Phillips Theater, in what is now downtown Orlando...

Continued on page 2 of Dr. Phillips Legacies: Enriching the Community with the Fruits of Our Labor, Volume 5, Spring 2009.

Listen to the Orange County Library System's oral history interview with Howard Phillips conducted February 22, 1975.

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part I (15:20)

Howard Phillips Oral History Interview Part II (15:33)

Dr. Phillips Legacies courtesy of the Dr. Phillips Foundation.

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