So here’s one for you – what’s this a picture of?
I found this rendering in the State Archives of Florida, listed as an “Artist’s rendering of Disney World, Orlando”. There were no specifics, and no date.
If I had to guess, I’d say that it dates from the late 1970s or the very early 1980s. It’s in a style very similar to the EPCOT renderings from that time. My first thought is that it’s something to do with Lake Buena Vista, perhaps a convention center.
You can tell that it has at least three entrances, and you can make out the flags of several nations in the fountain out front. It doesn’t seem to be a hotel, as it’s fairly low and flat and there aren’t individual windows for guest rooms. That’s what made me think it’s some kind of convention facility. It could be offices, but the commercial space designed for Lake Buena Vista also tended to be high-rise buildings. Could it even be a shopping mall?
So, any ideas?