The one hour lunchtime 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.
Reservations are recommended.
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.
With our wonderful spring weather having arrived, its the perfect time of year for another SPP Porch Party! Thanks to Maureen Stafford and Elinor Miranda, who own the 1925 beauty where our party will happen. The home had been badly neglected but now the finishing touches to a beautiful restoration are being completed. Maureen knows the ins & outs of restoring old beauties (she will be there to explain some of the secrets on how it is done) and is a SPP preservation award winner for her work on other homes. As with all of our porch parties, you can expect an evening of fun and good cheer, with tasty food for nibbling & drink, along with music. Come join us!
Allendale United Methodist Church
3803 Haines Road North
St. Petersburg,FL 33703
Please park in the lot across the street from the church, not in the lot immediately adjacent to the church. There will also be a church "flea market" being held inside the church, you are welcome to check-out before or after the tour!
With a boom in new apartment construction, a lot is happening as one travels south of Central Ave. in the 'Burg. Not all historic is being lost, however, and some of the best of the past is leading the way for the rejuvenation of an often overlooked portion of downtown whether it be the former funeral parlor and YWCA building, now repurposed as Rococo Steak, or the historic Tramor Cafeteria now repurposed as the Hofbrauhaus. The tour will start at the 1926 Crislip Arcade, a beautiful historic downtown arcade that was nearly lost to the demolition ball in 2008. From the arcade, the tour goers will get a chance to enjoy a loop stroll taking in the best of the past in south downtown.
Reservations recommended as tour has limited capacity.
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. The tour will be led by Cathy Salustri, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing. Cathy has some great stories and always gives a tour you are sure to enjoy! 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.
Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.
Sunken Gardens has a long history as one of Florida's few remaining "roadside" attractions. Its Mediterranean Revival styled building dates to 1926 and in the 1940's it was the local coca cola bottling plant. In the early 1920's, George Turner, who started the gardens, was charging a nickel for tours! Times change and in 1999 city voters agreed to purchase Sunken Gardens. Today, it continues to entertain and to educate residents and tourists under city direction.
Join SPP for an evening at the Gardens, including the "nickel" tour and an update on recent, ongoing and future plans for restoring and maintaining Sunken Gardens. And you will get to see the Flamingo flock!
Join SPP for a leisurely stroll along the waterfront where you will learn about the civic visionaries who transformed a working waterfront into one of the country's largest waterfront park systems. The waterfront is 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 waterfront includes 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!