Designed by architect Reginald Caywood Knight, the Cocoa Beach Glass Bank opened in April 1962 as the Cocoa Beach Branch of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Cocoa. It soon became home to Ramon’s Rainbow Room restaurant, whose external “express elevator” whisked patrons to the fourth floor. While the original Ramon’s on St. Rd. 520 was still operating and famous for its prime rib and Caesar salads, the Rainbow Room offered an upscale dining experience with striking vistas of Cocoa Beach and the Atlantic Ocean. This elegant building was a Space-Age architectural testament to the activities at nearby Cape Canaveral (Cape Kennedy).
ChronoPoints has embarked on a project to document the heritage of the Glass Bank in Cocoa Beach, Florida. We are working toward the development of a 3D virtual recreation of the building as it appeared in 1964. If you have any photos of the building’s exterior or interior please contact us as they will be critical in the recreation. We are especially interested in interior images of the First Federal Saving & Loan of Cocoa, Ramon’s Rainbow Room and all phases of construction. If you worked in the building or visited it during its initial ten years of operation we would like to conduct a brief oral history with you. Please join us as we begin our journey to recreate this Space-Age architectural wonder and visit the project’s website at www.cocoabeachglassbank.com.