St. Petersburg, FL. October 16, 2013: St. Petersburg Preservation will be offering a wide choice of walking tours for the fall season. The tours are both entertaining and informative and one of the best deals in town – tours are free to St. Petersburg Preservation members and just $5 for all others. Tours, times and locations can be verified by checking the SPP calendar, www.stpetepreservation.org/calendar or by calling the SPP event line at 727 824 7802.
Saturday, October 26 and Saturday, November 23 – Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – starts/ends at Craftsman House Gallery, 2950 Central Ave. Tour starts at 10 am.
The tour offers a chance for participants to enjoy the feel & character of Historic Kenwood, one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The tour includes a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, guests can choose to enjoy a drink or lunch on the wonderful front deck at the Craftsman House, an “airplane” bungalow and the neighborhood’s original model home.
Tuesday, October 29 – Downtown Evening Stroll – starts in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave. & ends at Hollander Hotel at 421 4th Ave. N. Tour starts at 6 pm.
The popular summer stroll evening tour returns for a fall date; enjoy a stroll around downtown as fall weather returns while learning about the city’s history, experiencing its past and learning about the different architectural styles that grace St. Petersburg. The tour ends at one of the city’s historic hotels to continue the conversation and to enjoy dinner or a drink.
Friday, November 1 – Downtown Lunctime Tour – starts/ends in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave.
Tour begins at 12 pm and ends at 1pm.
The first Friday of the month means its time for SPP’s special one hour lunchtime tour with historian Emily Elwyn. Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of the city’s architecture while being led by a historian offering a unique perspective on the growth of the ‘burg.
Saturday, November 2 – The Original Downtown Walking Tour – starts/ends in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave. Tour begins at 10 am.
Tour participants will take a trip through historic downtown St. Pete between Central Avenue and 4th Avenue North seeing grand hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade, the Open Air Post Office, and the Veillard residence. The tour will include a brief stop with a special look inside one of downtown’s historic buildings.
Saturday, November 9 – The Waterfront Tour – starts in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave., ends at Saturday Morning Market. Tour starts at 10 am.
Tour participants will learn about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country. In addition to seeing some of the best of the past tour goers will also have a chance to learn about some of the newest buildings gracing the waterfront and what the city has done to encourage good design in those buildings
Saturday, November 16 – The Deuces – 22nd Street South Walking Tour – starts/ends at Carter J. Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S. Tour starts at 10 am.
An often overlooked but important part of the city’s history is found along “the deuces”, 22nd Street South. This special tour will be led by Jon Wilson, a former St. Petersburg Times journalist and Gwendolyn Reese, President of the African American Heritage Association of St. Petersburg, Inc. During the segregation era, 22nd Street South was the vibrant main street of St. Petersburg’s African American community. At its zenith about 1960, the street was home to more than 100 businesses, many Black-owned and operated. The legendary Manhattan Casino, host to such top performers as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, and Duke Ellington, was a cornerstone. The segregated Mercy Hospital and Royal Theater were landmarks. Memories still remain of Geech’s Barbecue, Henderson’s Sundries, Harden’s Grocery, and Doctors Pharmacy. The tour will discuss the street’s importance and tell the story of African-Americans in St. Petersburg
Saturday, November 30 – Central Avenue in the 50’s – starts in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave. Ends at Wood Fired Pizza at 344 1st Ave. S. Tour starts at 10 am
A perfect activity to walk off a few of the calories from the Thanksgiving feast and a perfect outing for visiting family or friends. Former St. Petersburg Times journalist Jon Wilson will lead a fascinating tour down Central Avenue looking back at the post World War II era into the early 1960‘s when Central was still the heart & soul of downtown and Webb’s City was still thriving. A lot has changed since that era and Jon is the perfect guide to lead the group on a trip back in time!