St. Petersburg Preservation continues its summer evening historic walking tour series with its monthly “Twilight on the Town” historic walking tours. Tours are free for SPP members, $5 suggested donation for nonmembers. Reservations welcome but not required: (727) 824-7802 or info@StPetePreservation.org. The summer walking tours are leisurely strolls lasting between 60 and 90 minutes and ending at a local business where tour goers are welcome to get something to eat or drink and to continue in some fun conversation.
When: Tuesday, June 24
Time: 6 pm
Where: Historic Kenwood neighborhood – tour starts & ends at Cappy’s Pizza, 2900 1st Ave. N., an excellent example of a local business reusing and repurposing a historic building. Historic Kenwood, known for its collection of bungalow homes, is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The tour will include a stop in one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. The neighborhood showcases how a historic, neglected and tattered neighborhood can come back with a group of dedicated homeowners to become one of the most sought after neighborhoods to live within St. Petersburg.
When: Wednesday, July 9
Time: 7 pm
Location: Downtown St. Pete – tour starts in front of Café del Mar, 243 Central Ave, in downtown’s historic “First Block and ends at the Hollander Hotel, one of a number of historic hotels that have been successfully restored in downtown St. Pete. The Hollander was built in 1930. The tour will take in some of the best of downtown’s architecture and historic buildings while highlighting the impact of the 1920’s boom on the city and offering up some of the stories about sunshine, bathing beauties and sports that were used so successfully in marketing St. Petersburg in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
When: Wednesday, August 13
Time: 7 pm (tour lasts approximately 90 minutes)
Location: Downtown Waterfront – tour starts in front of the large banyan tree on Beach Drive, next to the Museum of Fine Arts (255 Beach Dr., NE.) and ends on the rooftop at The Birchwood, the 1920’s hotel restored and reopened last year that has become one of the most popular spots on the waterfront. St. Petersburg’s waterfront parks are among the city’s most valuable historic resources, having been dedicated in 1910. The tour will be an enjoyable stroll along the waterfront and 4th Ave. NE, a street still retaining an impressive collection of historic homes and tourist accommodations dating from the turn of the century and into the 1920’s. The tour will touch on architecture, what the city was like in the 1920’s boom and the threats that new development brings to the special feel of the northside of downtown, an area within the Downtown National Register Historic District.