St. Petersburg, FL. November 6, 2013: St. Petersburg Preservation’s Saturday morning walking tours have started and continue each Saturday through April. Several special tours will be offered this fall. Tours are free to members but a $5 donation is appreciated if not a member. All tours start at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – The Deuces – 22nd St. S. Walking Tour – The tour starts & ends at the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 9th Ave. S and will be led by Jon Wilson, a former St. Petersburg Times journalist and Gwendolyn Reese, President of the African American Heritage Ass’n of St. Petersburg. Tour participants will learn about the importance of the “Deuces” and the story of African-Americans in the ‘Burg. The Manhattan Casino where Duke Ellington, B.B. King and other big names in jazz & blues played, the Royal Theater, Mercy Hospital and the Swain Apartments where African American major league ball players had to stay during spring training in segregated St. Pete are among the historic buildings that remain on the Deuces. The tour will also offer a preview of the African American Heritage Trail to be established in the area.
Saturday, Nov. 23: Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – The tour starts & ends at Craftsman House Gallery, 2950 Central Ave., an “airplane” styled bungalow that was the original model home for the neighborhood which Charles Hall started in 1913. Today, the neighborhood has one of the largest concentrations of historic bungalow homes in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides the Craftsman House, tour participants will also have an opportunity to tour inside another of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows.
Saturday, Nov. 30 – Central Ave. in the 50’s – The tour starts in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave and ends at Wood Fired Pizza at 344 1st Ave. S. The tour is a perfect activity for those looking for a way to loose a few of the calories from the Thanksgiving feast and a perfect outing for visiting family or friends. Jon Wilson, author of The Golden Era In St. Petersburg – Postwar Prosperity in the Sunshine City, will lead a fascinating tour down Central looking back at the post World War II era & into the early 1960’s when Central was still the heart & soul of the ‘Burg and Webb’s City was still thriving. Jon will have his books available to sign.
Saturday, December 6 – The “Original” Downtown Walking Tour – The tour starts in front of Café del Mar, 243 Central Ave. This tour is offered on the first Saturday of each month and is always a favorite. The tour makes a loop through downtown giving tour goers a chance to learn some of the history of the city while seeing some of the best of the city’s architecture, including stately churches, civic buildings like the open air post office, grand hotels and other gems like the Snell Arcade. This tour will make a special “insider” stop to allow participants to see the interior of the 1901 Veillard Home, designed by Henry Dupont who was also the architect of the Don Cesar Hotel. The Veillard is listed on the National Register and is a St. Pete landmark.
Tour reservations are not required. For more information about SPP activities call the SPP event line at 727 824-7802, check out the St. Petersburg Preservation Facebook page or go to the website calendar, www.stpetepreservation.org/calendar. Group and children’s tours are also available by contacting St. Petersburg Preservation at: firstname.lastname@example.org