Harris and Company Insurance has moved to a temporary location around the corner from its downtown office while the historic building undergoes a renovation that will allow the company to expand into the second floor.
The company announced the move in a Facebook post on Feb. 3. Company co-owner and Vice President Will Harris told The Rant that he expects for the company, which has grown from 3 to 9 employees in the past few years, to operate from 106 Carthage Street until sometime this summer, when the office at 110 S. Moore St. will reopen with a newly renovated second floor.
Founded in the 1930s, Harris and Company moved into the historic building in the early to mid 90s, and co-owner Buck Harris purchased it several years later. The building is estimated to have been built in 1909. Harris said the move is not just a reinvestment in the company, but also in downtown Sanford and explained that while there are no current plans for the building’s third floor, that remains a possibility in the future.
Very exciting to see continued investment in the historic buildings downtown. I’ve admired this building for years.
It’s too bad the three handsome buildings to the right in the historic photo are gone. That’s a great street view.
It is interesting to note the large transoms across the front in the first two buildings are very similar to others in the area so perhaps built by the same architect or contractor, or materials sourced from the same suppliers as other buildings downtown. The building on the end I would guess was a bank, and is especially nice and a shame to have been lost.