St. Petersburg, FL. November 5, 2014: 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 non-members. Tours, times and locations can be verified by checking upcoming events on the SPP website, www.stpetepreservation.org or by calling the SPP event line at 727 824-7802.
Saturday, November 15 – Central Avenue in the ‘50’s – Tour starts at 10 am in front of Mickey’s Café & Organics at 318 Central Ave. The third Saturday of each month has the St Petersburg Preservation walking tour visiting a different historic neighborhood and for November it will be a piece of the ‘Burg’s historic downtown. Former St. Petersburg Times journalist and author Jon Wilson will lead the tour group on a fascinating walk 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, the world’s largest drug store, 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 while regaling tour participants with his stories!
November 22 – Westward Ho to Historic Kenwood – Tour starts/ends at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave. Tour starts at 10 am. This popular tour offers a chance for participants to enjoy the feel & character of Historic Kenwood while enjoying a stroll through one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The neighborhood has been designated as a National Register historic district, a distinction only a handful of neighborhoods in St. Petersburg have achieved. 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, a local landmark that has undergone an award winning renovation and the neighborhood’s original model home.
Saturday, November 29 – Historic Uptown – Tour starts at 10 am in Round Lake Park (465 7th Ave. N.) It’s a fifth Saturday of the month (meaning a special tour!) and the post-Thanksgiving weekend making a St. Petersburg Preservation walking tour the perfect activity to shed a few calories from the Thanksgiving feast and a perfect outing for visiting family or friends. This special tour will visit & highlight one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Historic Uptown, located on the north edge of downtown. The neighborhood is a National Register listed historic district of 160 acres deriving its significance from the varied and excellent examples of popular styled homes within the neighborhood. These include Frame and Masonry Vernacular, Craftsman Colonial Revival, Mission, Mediterranean Revival, Prairie, Art Moderne, American Foursquare, Tudor Revival, Dutch Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, and Minimal Traditional styles. Ninety percent of the structures contribute to the historic district.
Friday, December 5 – Downtown Lunchtime Tour – Tour starts at noon in front of Mickey’s Café & Organics at 318 Central Ave. The first Friday of the month means it’s time for St. Petersburg Preservation’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. See some of the city’s greatest public buildings, architectural treasures and historic churches.
Saturday, December 6 – The “Original” Downtown Walking Tour – Tour starts at 10 am at the main entrance to the Saturday Morning Market at the corner of 1st Avenue S. & 1st St. Tour participants will take a trip through
historic downtown St. Pete between Central and 4th Avenues North where northern tourists thronged during the 1920’s boom to enjoy the sunshine and a walkable downtown, the envy of today’s “new urbanism” movement. Tour participants will see grand hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade, the Open Air Post Office, and the Veillard residence. And tour participants will hear some of the glorious stories from the past that always seem to include sunshine, bathing beauties or sports!
Saturday, December 13 – The Waterfront Tour – Tour starts at 10 am at the main entrance to the Saturday Morning Market at the corner of 1st Avenue S. & 1st St. 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. And no waterfront tour is complete without a stop at the fountain of youth and an opportunity for tour goers to determine if it really works!