Saturday, September 18, 2010

Cafe Bohemia

Two scenes from Cafe Bohemia, inside and out. The cafe is an arts & music-centered gathering spot on Central Avenue near downtown that also serves food, beer & wine.


Friday, September 17, 2010

Old and the new, part 2

Here we see the 1920s Open Air Post Office building to the left, The McCarthy Motel in the middle, the Snell Arcade to the immediate right, and in the background towers the new Progress Energy building, which was built on the former site of the old Maas Brothers department store.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

St. Pete Architecture: English Cottage Style

An outgrowth of the Queen Anne style favored for its storybook charm and design versatility, the Tudor Revival style was popular in many areas of the US from 1915 to about 1940. Its impact may have been as modest as a single steep dormer on a small house to a grand medieval manor. This style and its cousin—the English Cottage—continues to be extremely popular and still influences contemporary American architecture.
The Tudor Revival is found in homes both small and palatial. The cottage-style variant is generally smaller and more common. It is frequently found in house pattern books of the 1920s and 30s.


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

St. Pete Architecture: Spanish Revival

The romantic Spanish Revival style—or alternately Spanish Eclectic— refers to the architectural style that was built from about 1915 to about 1940. Like Mission Revival, Spanish Revival was influenced by Spanish Colonial architecture of earlier centuries. Unlike its immediate predecessor, Mission, Spanish Revival was more ornate with stylistic detail apparent in both large features and small, such as intricately patterned tilework and wrought iron hardware.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

St Pete Architecture: Spanish Mission Style

Mission architecture romanticized the simple Spanish churches of colonial America. Mission houses typically have red tile roofs, parapets, decorative railings, and carved stonework. But the twentieth century Spanish inspired styles proved to be more far reaching. Wild and expressive, this new fashion borrowed from the entire history of Spanish architecture, from Moorish to Byzantine to Renaissance.


Monday, September 13, 2010

Inside the Snell Arcade

Information on the Snell Arcade can be found here.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The old and the new

Snell Arcade building reflected in the glass of a modern office building.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

View from Boyd Hill

Looking east across Lake Maggiore.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

John's Pass Bridge (the early version)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Famous Green Benches

St. Petersburg's famed green benches have been the subject of many stories and poems. Visitors meet and greet their friends, read the newspapers, write letters, and make acquaintances on St. Petersburg's green benches.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vintage view of Blind Pass

Air view looking northward over Treasure Island and St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. The channel, leading from the Gulf of Mexico (left) into Blind Pass, is clearly visible. Blind Pass Bridge, connecting Treasure Island and St. Petersburg Beach, at top center of picture.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Vintage View of Treasure Island

Written on back of card, dated February 2, 1962:
Dear Laura -
Greetings from Florida. We have had the most beautiful weather this year so far that we even remember. We are sorry Elsie couldn't fly down for the week of her Spring vacation. You had such a nice (illegible) through January. We were in hopes snow was going to keep away from you this year. Lots of (illegible) people around us. Best wishes to you from Fred & Stella

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Alden Hotel

The Alden Hotel was built sometime in the early 1930s. Once one of St. Pete's smaller downtown hotels, its lower levels now house several boutiques and restaurants. Its faded sign still exists to reflect its memory.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

S Marks the Spot

Red "S" in the famous vintage McCrory's sign, Central Avenue.


Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Sea Jay Motel

"350 Feet from the Gulf of Mexico, facing quiet Boca Ciega Bay"
Modern one and two bedroom apartments, also efficiencies and motel rooms - free TV - air-conditioned - electric heat - all electric kitchens - shuffleboards - HEATED pool - boat and fishing dock - convenient to shopping and fine restaurants - daily maid service.
11240 First Street East
Treasure Island 6, Florida. Phone 363-9931
Your Hosts: Marvin & Marion Graves

Written on back of card, which is postmarked March, 1966
"Greetings! Everything fine at this end and I hope all are getting along well there. Haven't had any news of Louise, but hope she is doing ok. See Ohio is getting some spring. Fondly, Elma"

Friday, September 3, 2010

Treasure Island Court

10315 Gulf Blvd - Treasure Island
St Petersburg, Florida
State Route 699
Fishing - Swimming - Boating - Shuffleboards - Horse Shoe Courts - Children's Slides, etc.
Hotel Rooms
Courtesy Continental Breakfast
J.F. UTLEY, Mgr. - PHONE: 2-3374



Thursday, September 2, 2010

Downtown Vista, Thirties Style

This is one of the busiest business streets of St. Petersburg, combining the advantages of a modern city with the sunshine and pure air of the country and seashore.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sea Castle

Sea Castle of Treasure Island
New Luxury Apartment Motel - Air-Conditioned - T.V. and phone in every Apartment - Finest Facilities for Complete Enjoyment of Carefree Resort Living - Phone 22-1411.


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