2018 Speaker Series

Unseen St. Pete

Hidden Faces and Unknown Places

From our most prominent, yet often misunderstood, geographic feature – the Gulf of Mexico, to our underappreciated Mid-century Modern architecture, to the contributions of women and minorities in our architectural past and its future, Preserve the ‘Burg’s 2018 program series will explore the city’s “invisible” stories. The programs will capture your attention and imagination, offering a framework to view the ‘Burg in a new light!     

Thank you to AARP of Tampa Bay, title sponsor of our 2018 Speaker Series.

In-kind sponsors:   The Tampa Bay 100 and freeFall Theatre Company 

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The Gulf of Mexico: More than an Oil Sump and Hurricane Alley

Date: Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Program 6:30 pm
Where: freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
What: Program featuring Dr. Jack Davis, University of Florida professor of history and sustainability studies. Jack is an entertaining speaker and the author of the award winning book, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea. The Gulf is a resource typically taken for granted but after hearing Davis you will never do so again. What happens to America's sea happens to us, and the more we know, the better equipped we'll be to deal with a future on its shores!

Mid-Century Modern Architecture: More than just Concrete and Kitsch

Date: July 19th
Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Program 6:30 pm
Where: freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
What: Program featuring architects Tim Clemmons, Principal, Place Architecture and Sanford Goldman, AIA. Speakers will explore the city’s hidden mid-century modern gems, exploring how their designs were impacted by the radical societal changes of the post-war years. Ninety percent of Florida’s built environment was created after World War II; in St. Petersburg nearly 47,000 houses were constructed during the 1950s. Yet there is an almost willful ignorance of the architectural styles of that era, due in part to a lack of appreciation for the ethics of modernism that drove post-war American architects.

Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See

Date: September 24th
Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Program 6:30 pm
Where: freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
What: Program featuring USF historian Dr. Peyton Jones, historian Kim Hinder and St. Pete native and President of the African American Heritage Association, Gwendolyn Reese.  Speakers will look back on local contributions of women and minorities, particularly in the fields of real-estate development and architecture. From Elder Jordan’s early housing courts built in historically African-American mid-town to the popular and trendy Birchwood Inn built in the 1920’s by a female developer, we will explore the challenges these developers faced and how they still resonate today. 

Out of the Shadows: The Faces and Places We Never See

Date: January 29, 2019 
Time: Reception 6:00 pm - Program 6:30 pm
Where: freeFall Theatre Company, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710
What:  The series will culminate with a talk by national recognized architect Rosa Sheng, designer of the iconic glass stores of Apple, and founder of Equity by Design, dedicated to the goal of equitable practice in architecture. A panel discussion will follow, featuring prominent architects Lisa Wannemacher and Everald Colas, who will speak of their respective experiences as female and African-American architects. We anticipate a large and enthusiastic audience for this forward-thinking final program, filled with dynamic speakers and appealing visions of a more equitable future.

Light reception with cash bar will be provided.  Be sure to check back for future program information.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor


Funding for this program was provided in part through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any view, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

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