St. Petersburg, FL. Feb. 12, 2014: St. Petersburg Preservation’s walking tours continue every Saturday through April, including special third & fifth Saturday neighborhood tours. Tours are free to SPP members and $5 for others.
Saturday Feb. 22 & March 22- Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – This tour starts at 10 am at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., an “airplane” styled bungalow and the original model home for the Kenwood neighborhood, developed by Charles Hall in 1913. Today, Kenwood 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 March 1 & April 5- “Original” Downtown Tour – This tour is always a favorite with downtown’s incredible collection of buildings & architectural styles lending the city its special sense of place. Participants will stroll through the Downtown St. Petersburg National Register Historic District seeing and learning about the city’s history, its stately churches, 1920’s boom era hotels and more. The March 1st tour will be led by Monica Kile with a special “insider” stop at St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, dating to 1898. The April 5th tour special “insider” stop will be at the Archie Parish designed Christ United Methodist Church. Tour starts in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave at 10 am.
Friday, March 7 & April 4 – Downtown Lunch Time Tour – Take an hour stroll thru downtown with preservationist Emily Elwyn while enjoying her keen insight on the ‘Burg’s history & architecture! Learn about the role of “First Block” anchored by the Detroit Hotel and dating to 1888, the role of women in a developing town and how the 1920’s boom changed the city. Tour starts at noon in front of Café del Mar at 243 Central Ave.
Saturday March 8 & April 12 – Waterfront 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 along with some of the newest in architecture. And, one never knows if the aging process can be slowed down but find out when the tour stops at the Fountain of Youth! Tour begins at 10 am at the Saturday Morning Market on 1st St. at 2nd Ave. S., under the trees just north of the Market music stage (230 1st St. S.). Grab a coffee & bakery goodie at the Market before the tour starts!
Saturday March 15 – Bahama Shores Neighborhood Tour – The third Saturday Neighborhood Tour will visit Bahama Shores. This beautiful Tampa Bay waterfront neighborhood, with its Mediterranean Revival styled homes, was first developed in the 1920’s and known as Alta Marina. On the neighborhood’s north end, where today’s Westminster Shores retirement community is located, was the luxurious waterfront Bahama Shores Hotel & Yacht Club. At the neighborhood’s south end, where Bay Vista Park stands today, was the Bee Line Ferry Co. terminal (formed in 1926), providing ferry service to the south before the 1954 opening of the then two lane Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The tour will be led by neighborhood resident, historian and former SPP President Will Michaels. Tour starts at 10 am from the Bahama Shores Park at 58th Ave. S. & Bahama Shores Drive (5800 Bahama Shores Dr. S.).
Saturday, March 22 – see above
Saturday, March 29 – Allendale Neighborhood Tour – March has five Saturdays so SPP has a special 5th Saturday neighborhood tour visiting Allendale. It is also the grand prix race weekend so the SPP walking tour is a great alternative for those wanting to stay away from the downtown grand prix hustle & bustle! Allendale is a beautiful neighborhood just north of 38th Avenue North known for its large oak trees with branches overhanging and shading red brick streets and for the large homes with stone veneer. Cade Allen platted the neighborhood in the early 1920’s and was one of the few developers of his time to use stone, including coquina rock quarried from Florida’s east coast, marble and granite from Georgia and field stone from North Carolina. The tour will take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, including a special stop inside one of the homes. Tour starts at 10 am from the parking lot of the 1924 Allendale United Methodist Church, 3803 Haines Rd. N.