Upcoming events

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Craftsman House - 2955 Central Ave.
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    The Historic Kenwood tour is one of our most popular tours, offering participants a chance to experience one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood, one of the 'Burg's five National Register designated historic districts. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, guests can choose to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood.

    Reservations recommended.

    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Independent Bar St. Pete - 1049 Central Avenue
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    The bicycle offers a great way to see more of the 'Burg than one typically can take in with a walking tour. We are confident you will enjoy this bicycle tour that will be a fun, leisurely ride with numerous stops taking a closer look at some of the 'Burg's unique historic buildings and neighborhoods. The tour will start downtown with a focus on some of the preservation success stories where businesses today are reusing historic buildings and continue south along the waterfront into the Old Southeast and Driftwood neighborhoods.

    SPP has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour. The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle and a one month Coast membership for those using a Coast bicycle, entitling you to daily use of  one of their bicycles during the membership month! Or you can bring your own bicycle. Helmets required.

    If you are not already a member or you are ready to renew your membership, you might want to consider our membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a membership.

    • 30 Jan 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • NOVA 535 - 535 Martin Luther King, Jr St. N., St. Petersburg 33701
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    St. Petersburg Preservation is not quite historic but we are 40 years old! Join us as we celebrate four decades of working to preserve the 'Burg. The celebration will be a look back at some of SPP's most significant accomplishments and a look forward to what is next for keeping St. Petersburg Special. And in looking forward, the evening will culminate with the unveiling of SPP's new look & brand!

    Join us for this special celebration will be some of the 'Burg's special people, offering recollections from the past to make this an evening to remember! SPP is excited to celebrate our 40th with Natalie Pruitt Judge of the J. Crayton Pruitt Foundation; Principal of MESH Architecture Tim Clemmons, John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at USFSP Ray Arsenault and Attorney and St. Petersburg Community Planning & Preservation Commissioner Keisha Bell.

    The celebration takes place at NOVA 535, a historic commercial building renovated into a special event space. There will be hors d'oeuvres, live music, a cash bar for your enjoyment and plenty of SPP stories! The evening will finish with SPP award winner and Council Member Darden Rice looking forward to what is next for preservation in the 'Burg.  She will help to unveil SPP's new brand as a nod to our group's next 40 years! 

    Your attendance shows your commitment to helping Preserve the 'Burg.  We’re excited to celebrate our 40th with you!  Please consider donating $40 for SPP's 40 years, it's easy to do with your event registration! Your $40 for 40 years will make a difference in SPP's ability to keep speaking up!

    Click here if you would like to donate an additional amount to SPP.

    • 03 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • SE corner of 1st Ave. S. & 1st St. (next to entrance to Sat. Morning Market) (100 1st St. S.E., St. Petersburg 33701)
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    This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Pete and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown St. Pete special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.

    You might want to come early and take a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, it opens at 9 am, and grab a bakery treat & coffee.

    Tour reservations are recommended.

     


    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    • In front of Mickey's Cafe & Organics at 318 Central Ave., St. Petersbrg 33701
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    This approximately one hour tour makes a great introduction for visitors or residents to the history of the city!  Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of what makes downtown special, including architectural favorites like the 1926 Snell Arcade and 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by SPP president & architectural historian Emily Elwyn, is sure to leave with you with a new perspective on the history and growth of the ‘Burg. After the tour, you may want to pick out a local spot downtown for lunch!

    Reservations are recommended.

      
    • 06 Feb 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • 721 Pinellas Point Dr. S., St. Petersburg, 33705
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    THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT, PLEASE CHECK OUT SOME OF OTHER EVENTS AND TOURS ON OUR CALENDAR!

    The Glenn Q. Johnson designed "bird cage" homes  of Pinellas Point are truly a part of what makes St. Petersburg special! These mid-century modern designed gems are unique and were designed by one of the 'Burg's leading mid- century architects. Johnson also designed the very different but very much mid-century looking downtown Judicial Building on Mirror Lake.

    The pictured bird cage home is just one of two bird cage homes that will be open as part of this event. The home's owner, Gerry Broughman, was honored with a 2017 SPP preservation award for Midcentury Restoration.

    As with all of our porch parties, you can expect an evening of fun and good cheer, with tasty food for nibbling, donation cash bar, along with live music by Dean Johanesen. Come join us!

    In addition to the generosity of the bird cage home owners, SPP thanks Eileen Bedinghaus with RE/MAX Metro for sponsoring this event.

    To be sure there is space for you to attend, please make your reservation by Jan. 31.

    • 10 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • SE corner of 1st Street & 1st Ave. South (next to the entrance to the Sat. Morning Market) (100 1st St. S.E., St. Petersburg 33701)
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    Enjoy the 'Burg's beautiful winter weather by joining us on February's waterfront tour. Participants will learn about the waterfront's importance to the city's marketing efforts at promoting St. Petersburg as  the embodiment of the Florida dream and hear stories about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is also where baseball’s spring training got its start, was the 1914 home to the world’s first airline, the St. Petersburg - Tampa Airboat Co. and the location for the 'Burg's historic fountain of youth - those on the tour will be able to try the fountain and, no doubt, will feel younger by tour's end!

    Reservations are recommended!


    • 11 Feb 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Craftsman House - 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
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    The Craftsman House is 100 years old and Jeff Schorr & crew are ready to celebrate! The Craftsman House was purchased by Jeff in 2003, renovated and transformed into the current gallery, cafe & pottery studio. When built, the home was the original model home for the Kenwood neighborhood. In 2004, the home was designated as a local landmark. At the FREE centennial celebration, there will be live music by the Fil Pate Duo: Mandobro, birthday cake, food, drinks, fun and a few celebratory comments from some special St. Petersburg people! We hope to see you at one of our favorite St. Pete landmarks for a bit of fun!

    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • Sundial - In Northshore Park, between 17th & 18th Ave NE at N. Shore Dr., St. Petersburg 33704
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    This tour will offer a look at and some of the history of the city's waterfront park and of a section of what is today known as the historic old northeast, an area developed by C. Perry Snell. He was one of the city's early leading developers and he was also a key supporter in the effort to create the city's downtown waterfront park that was dedicated in 1910. The tour's starting point, at the "human" sundial, was dedicated in November 2010 in celebration of the waterfront park's centennial anniversary. One can determine the time of day by standing on the sundial and seeing where your shadow is cast on the sculpture by local artist Eric Higgs.

    The historic old northeast is a National Register Historic District. The tour will include the 18th Avenue Northeast section of the neighborhood, also designated as a local historic district. It was one of several small historic districts designated by the city in 2017 as a result of the action of groups of homeowners with a growing concern about development threats to their historic neighborhoods.

    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport. FL
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    Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon - then Join SPP for a stroll in the "suburbs" of funky and artsy Gulfport! The tour will look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures.

    Over the decades, dreams were typically much bigger than reality for the small town of Gulfport, starting when it was known as Disston city, named for Hamilton Disston. Disston became the country's largest landowner after purchasing four million acres from the state of Florida in 1881. Gulfport was also the home of Alvah Roebuck who partnered with Richard Sears to create the famous store named after them. A Sears "kit" home will be seen on the tour as well as other Roebuck homes.

    Come a bit early and take a peak inside at the Gulfport Historical Museum where the tour starts or stay a bit after the tour and tryout some of Gulfport's fun "watering holes!"

    Reservations recommended as tour size is limited.


    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Craftsman House - 2955 Central Ave.
    Register
    The Historic Kenwood tour is one of our most popular tours, offering participants a chance to experience one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood, one of the 'Burg's five National Register designated historic districts. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, guests can choose to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood.

    Reservations recommended.

    • 25 Feb 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Independent Bar - 1049 Central Avenue., St. Petersburg 33701
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    The bicycle offers a great way to see more of the 'Burg than one typically can take in with a walking tour. We are confident you will enjoy this bicycle tour that will be a fun, leisurely ride with numerous stops taking a closer look at some of the 'Burg's special  neighborhoods & buildings. Riders will get a chance to experience & learn about several of the city's historic districts, including the Northshore and Historic Uptown National Register historic districts, and local landmark districts within the Historic Old Northeast as well as Granada Terrace, a small "high style" neighborhood developed by Perry Snell.

    SPP has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour. The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle and a one month Coast membership for those using a Coast bicycle, entitling you to daily use of  one of their bicycles during the membership month! Or you can bring your own bicycle. Helmets required.


    If you are not already a member or you are ready to renew your membership, you might want to consider our membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a membership. Our walking tours are free to members!
    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • SE corner of 1st Ave. S. & 1st St. (next to entrance to Sat. Morning Market) (100 1st St. S.E., St. Petersburg 33701)
    Register

    This tour is a great way for visitors to get an introduction to St. Petersburg and for residents to learn a few things new about the 'Burg's past. Learn about and see what makes downtown special as you take a stroll though a portion of the city's central business district and the Downtown National Register Historic District. Participants will see grand historic hotels, stately churches, and architectural treasures like the Snell Arcade and the Open Air Post Office.

    You might want to come early and take a stroll through the Saturday Morning Market, it opens at 9 am, and grab a bakery treat & coffee.

    Tour reservations are recommended.

     


    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Allendale United Methodist Church - 3803 Haines Road N., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
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    Allendale is a special neighborhood, with large oak trees shading its red brick streets and lined with 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, quarried from Georgia and North Carolina, to help showcase his homes. The tour will take a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood, allowing you to enjoy it in all of its spring splendor!
    • 16 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • In front of Mickey's Cafe & Organics at 318 Central Ave., St. Petersbrg 33701
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    This tour, just over an hour, makes a great introduction for visitors or residents to the history of the city!  Tour goers will get a chance to see some of the best of what makes downtown special, including architectural favorites like the 1926 Snell Arcade and 1916 Open Air Post Office. The tour, led by SPP president & architectural historian Emily Elwyn, is sure to leave with you with a new perspective on the history and growth of the ‘Burg. After the tour, you may want to pick out a local spot downtown for lunch!

    Reservations are recommended.

      
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Round Lake Park Gazebo at 7th Ave. & Dartmoor St (across from building at 465 7th Ave. N.)
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    Historic Uptown is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, located just to the north of downtown and west of 4th St. The 160 acre neighborhood is a National Register historic district. The neighborhood still very much retains its feel from the 1920's. The neighborhood became listed on the National Register because of  the excellent and varied examples of popular styled homes from the early 1900's thru the 1920's. Tour participants will have an opportunity to experience and learn about these styles during the stroll thru the neighborhood from tour guide Emily Elwyn, SPP's president and an architectural historian. 


    Reservations are recommended . Tour will start at the gazebo in historic Round Lake Park (across the street from the apartment building at 465 7th Ave. N.).
    • 17 Mar 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport. FL
    Register

    Looking for something different & fun to do on a Saturday afternoon - then Join SPP for a stroll in the "suburbs" of funky and artsy Gulfport! The tour will look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures.

    Over the decades, dreams were typically much bigger than reality for the small town of Gulfport, starting when it was known as Disston city, named for Hamilton Disston. Disston became the country's largest landowner after bailing out Florida by purchasing four million acres from the state for one million dollars in 1881. Gulfport was also the home of Alvah Roebuck who partnered with Richard Sears to create the famous store named after them. A Sears "kit" home will be seen on the tour as well as other Roebuck homes.

    Come a bit early and take a peak inside at the Gulfport Historical Museum where the tour starts or stay a bit after the tour and tryout some of Gulfport's fun "watering holes!"

    Reservations recommended as tour size is limited.


    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Craftsman House - 2955 Central Ave.
    Register
    The Historic Kenwood tour is one of our most popular tours, offering participants a chance to experience one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods. The tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood, one of the 'Burg's five National Register designated historic districts. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, guests can choose to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood.

    Reservations recommended.

    • 31 Mar 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Under the Driftwood sign - 1st St. at 25th Ave. S. (2421 1st St. S., St. Petersburg 33705)
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    Driftwood is one of the city's hidden historic neighborhoods, tucked in the trees of an oak hammock overlooking Big Bayou. The neighborhood is composed of one- and two-story homes uniquely designed to capitalize on the neighborhood's natural features. An application for local historic district designation is pending. The leisurely neighborhood stroll will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood's historic homes.

    Accomplished artist Mark Dixon Dodd and architect Archie Parish followed the principles of naturalistic neighborhood design championed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The 1930's Driftwood subdivision plat followed the contour of Big Bayou's shoreline, had narrow roads winding among large oak trees and deep lots to allow much of the vegetation to be undisturbed. Driftwood has maintained its lush flora-laden landscape where homes still largely blend with nature just as they were intended to do.

    Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.

Contact:
St. Petersburg Preservation, Inc.
P.O. Box 838
St. Petersburg, FL 33731
(727) 824-7802
info@stpetepreservation.org
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