St. Petersburg, FL. December 1, 2013: St. Petersburg Preservation’s walking tours continue through the holiday season. Tours are offered every Saturday through April. Tours are free, but a $5 donation is appreciated if not a member. All tours, except the lunch time tour start at 10 a.m. All tours, except the Dec. 28 Historic Kenwood tour start in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave. The Historic Kenwood Tour starts at Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave.
Friday, Dec. 6 – Downtown Lunch Time Walking Tour – Take an hour stroll thru downtown with preservationist Emily Elwyn while enjoying her keen insight on the ‘Burg’s history & architecture! Tour starts at noon and will follow the growth of the city, stopping at churches, hotels and some of the city’s great civic buildings.
Saturday, Dec. 7 – “Original” Downtown Walking Tour – Tourgoers will see some of the best of the city’s architecture while learning about the city’s history. The tour includes a special “insider” stop in the 1901 Veillard Home on 4th Avenue North, designed by Henry Dupont, architect of the Don Cesar Hotel, and today wonderfully restored and used as a professional office.
Saturday, Dec. 14 – Waterfront Walking Tour – Learn about the civic visionaries who transformed the ‘Burg’s working waterfront into one of the largest waterfront park systems in the country, see some of the best of the past side by side with some of the newest in architecture. The tour will end at the Saturday Morning Market, a great place to find a tasty lunch after the tour.
Saturday, Dec. 21 – North by Old Northeast Walking Tour – Tourgoers will enjoy a brief walk on the waterfront before embarking on a stroll along the charming streets of the National Register listed Historic Old Northeast neighborhood. The tour ends at the Vinoy Hotel, decked out in all of its holiday splendor where a Vinoy docent will meet the group to complete the tour.
Saturday, Dec. 28 – Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – Tour starts & ends at Craftsman House Gallery, 2950 Central Ave., Work off the holiday calories & take a stroll thru Kenwood, the premiere historic bungalow neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour will include a stop in a restored bungalow.