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    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Church of the Beatitudes, 2812 8th Street North, St. Petersburg
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    Crescent Heights is one of St. Pete’s beautiful historic neighborhoods although it is largely “undiscovered”!  This tour will explore this charming neighborhood that began its conversion from an orange grove into a "surburban" development during the 1920’s boom but did not complete its build out until the post World War II building boom. It’s an eclectic neighborhood of homes of varying styles and combines the best of elements from St. Petersburg's past with its present.

    Reservations are recommended as tour space is limited.


    • 16 Dec 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Gulfport Historical Museum, 5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport. FL
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    TOUR IS FULL. ANOTHER GULFPORT TOUR WILL BE OFFERED ON JAN. 20.

    The time around the holidays is a fun time to look around funky & artsy Gulfport and there is no better way to do so then on this SPP walking tour! The tour not only gives you a look at this small town on Boca Ceiga Bay and its collection of historic commercial and residential structures but you get to hear some of  Cathy Salustri's stories. Cathy, a Gulfport local, author and the arts & entertainment editor for Creative Loafing will be your guide to Gulfport. 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.


    • 18 Dec 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • 806 18th Ave. NE., St. Petersburg 33704
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    This is one of our favorite tours - the neighborhood holiday lights bicycle tour! And this year the tour will start/end at a historic home that truly is special - the 1923 airplane styled bungalow "Sargent" home (pictured).

    During the bicycle tour, starting in the Historic Old Northeast, we will visit several of 'Burg's historic neighborhoods, making stops to look at the holiday lights/decorations as well as to hear a bit about neighborhood history. At the end of the ride, we will have some refreshments on the verandah of the Sargent home (interior home tour is not included).

    SPP has partnered with Coast Bike Share to offer this tour and to make it easy to participate! The tour price includes use of a Coast bicycle and for those using a Coast bike, a one month Coast membership entitling you to daily free riding with Coast during the membership month! Or you can bring your own bicycle. Please note, helmets & lights are required. All Coast bikes include lights and Coast has helmets available although you may want to bring your own helmet for comfort.

    If you are not already a SPP member or you are ready to renew your SPP membership, consider the membership special pricing category which includes the tour & a SPP membership (and if you use a Coast bike a one month Coast Bike Share memberhship).

    • 23 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Craftsman House - 2955 Central Ave.
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    Historic Kenwood is a charming area and this tour offers one the opportunity to experience and feel what makes Kenwood the special neighborhood it has become! It's also the holiday weekend and if you have visiting friends or family this tour is a great way to have a bit of  fun  and to show your visitors what a great city you live in!

    Historic Kenwood is one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods and this tour is led by resident guides excited to show off their neighborhood. It is also a National Register designated historic district. The tour will include a stop inside one of the neighborhood’s restored bungalows. After the tour, you may want to enjoy a drink or lunch at the Craftsman House, an American crafts gallery & cafe that was the original model home for Kenwood or one of the other  neighborhood local businesses.

    Reservations recommended.

    • 26 Dec 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • In front of Mickey's Cafe & Organics- 318 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 338701
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    Wondering where you will take visiting family & friends after Santa's visit and a big holiday meal -  bring them on SPP's holiday Downtown walking tour! Yes, we have a special tour happening on December 26, led by Emily Elwyn, SPP's president and an architectural historian who has a unique ability to make tour participants appreciate her adopted city. 

    While the tour will be a leisurely stroll thru the heart of downtown, enjoyable for the young or not so young, it will also offer the perfect activity to use up a few of the extra calories from the holiday meal. Emily will lead you past some of downtown's architectural treasures like the Snell Building and the Open Air Post Office and stately churches all while offering stories that will help you understand why St. Petersburg continues to be special!

    Reservations are recommended!


    • 30 Dec 2017
    • 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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    St. Petersburg Preservation (SPP) and Keep St. Pete Lit are partnering to offer this fun tweak to SPP’s traditional walking tour, a historic tour with a  literary twist! Tour stops will offer a bit of the history to St. Petersburg's stunning waterfront in conjunction with local writers providing inspiration as they offer short readings from their work.

    This tour will celebrate the downtown waterfront, one of the things that sets the 'Burg apart from so many other cities. In 2010 the city's waterfront park celebrated its 100th anniversary! Not only will it be a fun tour for all but this waterfront stroll is the perfect activity to offer family or friends visiting you for the holidays!

    Reservations recommended as tour can fill!

    • 06 Jan 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.

     


    • 11 Jan 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.

      
    • 13 Jan 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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    January is a great time to take a waterfront tour and to learn about its importance in the historic marketing efforts at promoting St. Petersburg as  the embodiment of the Florida dream. This tour will be a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, including 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!


    • 20 Jan 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Front Verandah at the Historic Stewart Bldg. - 233 3rd Street North, St. Petersburg
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    This tour will explore the northern portion of downtown, an area of historic buildings ranging in size from small homes to the seven story Flori de Leon apartments. These buildings, particularly those along 4th & 5th Avenues North, have given the neighborhood a special feel and sense of place. The area makes up a substantial portion of the Downtown National Register Historic District.

    The present boom has brought significant change to the area, the demolition of a number of historic buildings and the development of a plethora of townhomes that are changing the neighborhood feel. Can the neighborhood remain special? Join us as we look at this changing piece of downtown, what is left of its historic integrity and offer some insight and perspective on what might be in store for its future.

    • 20 Jan 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. 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.


    • 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.

    • 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)
    Register

    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
    Register

    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.

      
    • 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)
    Register

    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!


    • 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.

    • 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.).

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