THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT! WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING ANOTHER MEMBER EXCLUSIVE TOUR FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE! THANK YOU.
The '20's boom was an amazing period for the 'Burg. It ushered in a wave of new downtown hotels, including the gem of the waterfront, the Vinoy Park Hotel. Constructed in 1925 at a cost of $3.5 million, it was then the largest construction project in Florida's history.
Speed forward 50 years, a couple boom and bust cycles later, the Vinoy has closed and it was looking like a date with the wrecking ball was coming. But due to the perseverance of Fred Guest and others, and the community's love for the building, the Vinoy survived. In 1992, it was reborn & reopened after a 93 million dollar renovation, then the largest private investment in a city redevelopment project!
Join PTB for a special insiders look at the Vinoy and the stories behind its construction and restoration. Included will be a special one hour docent led tour. Tom Stovall, the local artist who was tasked with restoring the hotel's intricate art work & decorations, will offer commentary as well. Tom is a fascinating person to explain the story! The Vinoy's signature drink, Aymer's Punch, will be served (complimentary) as you learn why the signature drink has that name!
Top the evening off with dinner and/or drink at Marchand's Bar & Grill or at the verandah bar (on your own) and you have an evening you won't want to miss!
Space is limited to only 50 people and exclusively for active PTB members!
This event is $15/person. Parties will be limited to 2 people per registration. (When registering please use the email address that is associated with your member account. If you have forgotten your password please CONTACT us ASAP). Refunds will be offered if cancellation is made 24 hours prior to event. Thank you!
REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT OPENS AUGUST 17th AT 12:00 PM!
A special thank you to our sponsor, Kent Rodahaver of Cadence Realty Group. Kent is one of St Pete's most community conscious, locally active and supportive real estate professionals with over 18 years of historic preservation, rehabilitation, and renovation experience.
Also, local artist and illustrator Laura Spencer will be unveiling the new Movies in the Park poster! Relax, have an American craft beer (or two) with a portion of the proceeds supporting Movies in the Park! Reservations not required. Event is free.
For more information on October Movies in the Park, check out our website.
Wondering what to do on a summer mid-week evening? Join PTB & the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association for a relaxing stroll thru one of St. Pete's special neighborhoods - Historic Kenwood! It is one of the country’s premier bungalow neighborhoods and serves as a great example of the value of historic neighborhoods to the city. The tour will be led by neighborhood residents proud to show off their neighborhood. The tour starts (and ends) at Cappy's Pizza, a business that has brought a historic bungalow back to life. Come early, stay after the tour or do both while enjoying a pizza and a cool drink and support a local business!
Tour is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Reservations encouraged but not required.
Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See is the topic for the next program in the series, “Unseen St. Pete: Hidden Faces & Unknown Places." From Elder Jordan’s early housing courts built in historically African-American mid-town to the popular and trendy Birchwood on Beach Drive, built in the 1920’s by a female developer, the program will explore the challenges that have been faced by female and minority developers and how those issues still resonate today.
The program's panel is an interesting and talented group. USF professor and historian Peyton Jones will speak to the racial undertones of the city’s development history while historian Kimberly Hinder will highlight some of the forgotten local women and African American developers. Jones and Hinder will be joined by Gwendolyn Reese who grew up in racially divided St. Petersburg. Reese has worked tirelessly to bring the city's African American history to light and presently serves on the city's preservation commission.
A light reception with cash bar will be held at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.
This is a free event. Registration is recommended as space can fill. If you are not a member, please consider showing your support of Preserve the 'Burg and this program series by joining!
A special thank you to our title sponsor AARP Tampa Bay. Program support made possible by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. Thank you also to in-kind sponsors The Tampa Bay 100 and freeFall Theatre Company.
The Sun Shines Here: Shining a Light on Women and Minorities in the Future of Architecture is a forward-thinking final program to the "Unseen St. Pete" program series. The program will offer appealing visions of a more equitable future, led by nationally recognized architect Rosa Sheng of San Francisco. Sheng is the designer of the iconic glass stores of Apple and the founder of Equity by Design. In addition to Sheng, local architect Lisa Wannamacher, principal at St. Petersburg's Wannamacher Jensen Architects will join in the discussion, offering insight into the question of can there be equity in architecture in Tampa Bay.