St. Petersburg, FL. December 3, 2014: St. Petersburg Preservation will be offering a wide choice of walking tours during the holiday 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, December 13 & January 10 – 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!
Saturday, December 20 – An Architectural “Bingo” Tour of the Historic Old Northeast – Tour starts at 10 am at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 126 11th Ave. NE, parking available in the church lot. The third Saturday of each month has the St Petersburg Preservation walking tour visiting a different historic neighborhood and December’s tour will visit the historic Old Northeast. The Old Northeast is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and contains an eclectic mix of architectural styled homes. SPP President and historian Emily Elwyn will lead the group and invite all to participate in “architecture bingo.” Tour goers will be looking for some common and not so common architectural features from the neighborhood’s homes that also appear on the bingo cards. The first member of the tour to find the features and, as in “regular” bingo, complete the row on the bingo card will be the winner (prizes awarded!). It’s a great tour for the kids but architecture bingo is fun for all ages!
Saturday, December 27 – 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 home, a locally designated landmark that has undergone an award winning renovation and the neighborhood’s original model home.
Saturday, January 3 – 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!
Friday, January 9 – Downtown Lunchtime Tour – Tour starts at noon in front of Mickey’s Café & Organics at 318 Central Ave. A 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. Along the way, participants will see some of the city’s greatest public buildings, architectural treasures and historic churches.